Dimensions Each: 38" Height x 8" Wide x 7" Depth Condition: Excellent/Genuine Quantity: 2 XL Pieces Period: 1950-70’s (Decolonization & Independence Era) Item Type – Vintage, Antique, Pre-Owned Style/Material: Sculptural | Brass/Bronze Head | Signs of Aging to be expected
Please Note: These are old pieces and that means signs of aging are to be expected. Chips, cracks and discoloration are all common characters with old Benin bronze pieces.
Pair of beautiful Benin altar heads with realistic human features and facial scarification. Featuring an extended neck jewelry brace, each bust showcases unique and well crafted geometric from base all the way to the top. At the top of each horn, we see a solider/guard with a weapon protecting the throne/sitting royalty.
ABOUT BENIN BRONZE
Benin Bronzes crafted by the Edo people, go back to the 13th century and were sculptural pieces that decorated the royal palace of the Kingdom of Benin (Modern-day Nigeria). The art pieces included metal plaques, portrait heads, animals, and jewelry all made from brass or bronze. Many of these pieces were stolen by the British forces during the Benin Expedition and are now on display at the British Museum in London.
Made using the “Lost Wax Process” a cast is made using a clay core, then layered with bee’s wax to a certain thickness allowing the artist to begin the crafting process. Molten metal is then poured into the sculpture forming what we know as “Benin Bronze Heads”. A then expensive process and truly genius craftsmanship.
SHIPPING AND RETURNS
Please allow 3-4 business days to process, package and ship sculpture. Orders are shipped via UPS Ground and 100% insured. Tracking information will be updated once order has been shipped. We have a strict no return policy on our antique/collectible items. Sculpture is “SOLD AS IS”. If you have any questions, please let us know.