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At the end of the 19th Century British troops looted thousands of works of art from the Benin Empire - in modern-day Nigeria - and brought them home. One soldier's grandson inherited two bronzes but recently returned them to their original home.    http://m.bbc.com/news/magazine-31605284

At the end of the 19th Century British troops looted thousands of works of art from the Benin Empire - in modern-day Nigeria - and brought them home. One soldier's grandson inherited two bronzes but recently returned them to their original home. http://m.bbc.com/news/magazine-31605284

Bronze Head for the Worship of Osun    Benin Empire, 18th century    The British Museum

Bronze Head for the Worship of Osun Benin Empire, 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.

Horn Player Benin Empire, 1550-1680 The Metropolitan Museum of Art “In the art of Benin, works in bronze can be commissioned only by the Oba, or ruler, or by others with his permission. According to oral traditions, the technique of lost-wax bronze casting was brought to Benin around the end of the fourteenth century from Ife, the ancient kingdom to the north noted for its exquisite cast-bronze commemorative heads. Prior to that time, Benin craftsmen produced hammered and incised, but ...

Horn Player Benin Empire, The Metropolitan Museum of Art “In the art of Benin, works in bronze can be commissioned only by the Oba, or ruler, or by others with his permission.

King Oba of Benin  bronze bust

The Oba is the sacred king who controlled the empire of Benin. The sculpture shows him wearing the costume the Oba wears in processions and ceremonies.

Benin plaque: the oba with Europeans. Benin, Nigeria, Edo peoples, 16th century AD.

Brass plaque showing the Oba of Benin with attendants Edo peoples, century AD From Benin, Nigeria

Benin Empire (1440–1897)

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.

Head of an Oba  Date:     19th century Geography:     Nigeria, Court of Benin Culture:     Edo peoples Medium:     Brass (cast) Metropolitan Museum

Head of an Oba Date: century Geography: Nigeria, Court of Benin Culture: Edo peoples Medium: Brass (cast) Metropolitan Museum

Entry to the 'secret' Henry V's chapel in Westminster Abbey is gained via uneven spiral steps, worn down from centuries of use. The chapel is not usually open to the public because of its access issues.

Henry V 'secret' chapel opened

Stone turret, housing staircase to the king's chapel, Westminister Abbey - Henry V 'secret' chapel opened for Agincourt anniversary

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