Waist Pendant with Oba and Two Attendants
Arts of Africa
The central figure on this pendant represents the oba, or king, of Benin flanked by important court officials. The scene symbolizes support for the oba, who in turn sustains the nation. The pendant was worn by the oba on a belt around his waist at state events.
mid-16th to early 17th century
8 x 6 1/4 x 2 1/4 in (20.3 x 15.9 x 5.7 cm) (show scale)
"25601" painted in white on back
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Gift of Beatrice Riese
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Edo. Waist Pendant with Oba and Two Attendants, mid-16th to early 17th century. Copper alloy, 8 x 6 1/4 x 2 1/4 in (20.3 x 15.9 x 5.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Beatrice Riese, 1998.38. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1998.38_front_PS2.jpg)
front, 1998.38_front_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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Semicircular cast ornament depicting three figures in high relief, possibly lost-wax cast. The figures are dressed in skirted textured costumes with beaded high collars. Each wears a domed headdress with shoulder-length side flaps and a crown topped with dowel-like extension. Legs are adorned with multiple cast coral bead anklets. The edge of the ornament is finished with a row of small pierced circles. Back of plaque has the a cast-in image of a knife, possibly a maker's mark.
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