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Bronze casting is a top trade in Nigeria, these casts were created between 2005-2006 by Omodamwen workshop honoring an Oba (King) and the first of his four wives.

sarakstar: “The Kingdom of Benin Royal Court Art The objects in bronze and ivory from the Kingdom of Benin (Nigeria) made the kingdom famous when it comes to African art and culture.

Mark Walker, grandson of Capt. Herbert Walker, outside the palace of the Oba (king) of Benin, now in Edo State, Nigeria. In 2014 he returned bronzes looted during the 1897 Benin Punitive Expedition

The man who returned his grandfather’s looted art

Benin sculpture that was recently returned to its original owner.

“Oduduwa, was the 1st Ooni, King of Ile-Ife with the titles “Olofin”. His name, phonetically written by Yoruba language-speakers as Odùduwà and sometimes contracted as Ooduwa, Odudua or Oòdua, is generally ascribed to the ancestral dynasties of Yorubaland because he is held by the Yoruba to have been the ancestor of their numerous crowned kings.

“Oduduwa, was the 1st Ooni, King of Ile-Ife with the titles “Olofin”. His name, phonetically written by Yoruba language-speakers as Odùduwà and sometimes contracted as Ooduwa, Odudua or Oòdua, is generally ascribed to the ancestral dynasties of Yorubaland because he is held by the Yoruba to have been the ancestor of their numerous crowned kings.

People of Color in European Art History

Studio of Francis Harwood (in Italy) Portrait Bust of a Black Man England, Italy Black Stone and Yellow Siena Marble, 2 ft. 3 ½ in. x 1 ft. 7 ¾ in. x 10 ½ in. Info via Getty Museum: “ With.

Oba Akenzua II, King of Benin (1933-1978) - Africlectic Magazine

Oba Akenzua II, King of Benin This picture was taken back in centuries. The king was married to one woman and not more than one and he was known as the loyal king.

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Fighting-women of the Fon (Dahomey people) held semi-sacred status as celibate warrior "wives" of the King

Bronze Head for the Worship of Osun  Benin Empire, 18th century  The British Museum  “Osun is one of a number of deities worshipped in Benin. His power lies in plants of the forests. Magical specialists, or ebo, use herbs and plants to create magical or medicinal potions.

Brass head for use in the worship of Osun Edo peoples, century AD From Benin, Nigeria Osun is one of a number of deities worshipped in Benin. His power lies in plants of the forests.

The Kingdom of Benin, 1440 - 1897 The city of Benin was the center of a great empire built on trade. By the 15th century, Benin emerged as preeminent among all the Yoruba city states. They were very expert metalsmiths in brass, bronze, and iron. Most of the art, especially in metals and in ivory, was reserved for the exclusive use of the Oba (king) of Benin, and was made by artists in his direct employ. The subjects are beautifully stylized representations of the king and his court and…

tastemybraincandy: “ Benin Hip masks At Benin, aas in many other African cultures, the ahead is the symbolic center for a person’s intelligence, wisdom, and ability o succeed in this world or to.

His Royal Majesty Alayeluwa  Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi III (Iku Baba Yeye), Alaafin of Oyo is the Permanent Chairman, Oyo State Council of Traditional Rulers. A former insurance executive, he became the 43rd Alaafin of Oyo in 1970. A well-learned man and a custodian of the Yoruba culture, he attended St Gregory’s College Lagos 1954-59 and remains one of the most influential monarchs in Nigeria.

His Majesty Oba Lamidi Adeyemi - The Alaafin of Oyo - Collection @ The Royal Palace, Oyo, Nigeria Oil on canvas, x Painted by John Howard Sanden

Togbe Ngoryifia Cephas Kosi Bansah, King of the Ewe people in Ghana

Black Culture, ferrarisheppard: King Bansah of Ghana.

Africa | An Ife bronze leopard head from Nigeria | Made using the lost wax technique | ca. 60 years old

virtual-artifacts: “ An Ife bronze leopard head from Nigeria Made using the lost wax technique, ca. 60 years old ”

a—fri—ca:  Terra-cotta Head. Ancient Ife, Nigeria Photo © Herbert List - Magnum Photos

a–fri–ca: Terra-cotta Head. Ancient Ife, Nigeria Ife is an ancient Yoruba city in south-western Nigeria. Evidence of habitation at the site has been discovered to date back to as early as 600 BCE. It is located in the present day Osun State. Ifè is known

This marvelous bust is one of the very few documents of an actual black person from Greek and Roman antiquity. Memnon was a pupil and protégé of the well-known Athenian entrepreneur and philosopher Herodes Atticus.

Bust of Memnon, protégé of the Athenian philosopher Herodes Atticus. This is one of the very few documents of an actual black person from Greek and Roman antiquity.

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