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Plaque Fragment

Arts of Africa

This fragment of a plaque depicts a warrior whose leopard-tooth necklace, bracelet, and skirt indicate that he was most likely an official of the court of the oba, or king, of Benin. Such plaques adorned the pillars and walls of the royal palace. They both memorialized the specific events of an oba’s reign and served as reference guides to proper court dress and ritual.
CULTURE Edo
MEDIUM Copper alloy
DATES mid 16th-17th century
DIMENSIONS 11 13/16 × 7 1/16 in. (30 × 18 cm)
INSCRIPTIONS Af 2068
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 39.113
CREDIT LINE Alfred W. Jenkins Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Figure in relief of warrior carrying baldric and sword held by left hand. Necklace of leopard's teeth, some of which are missing. Right arm at the side, bracelets represented on this arm. Background of plaque with simple incised pattern of two leaves enclosing a circle. Condition: sides, part of top and bottom broken away.
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