07 janvier 2019

Pair of bracelets: Crocodile Heads, Edo peoples, Nigeria, Court of Benin, 17th–19th century

Pair of bracelets: Crocodile Heads, Edo peoples, Nigeria, Court of Benin, 17th–19th century. Brass, gilt. H. 5 1/4 x W. 3 3/8 in. (13.3 x 8.6 cm). Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls, 1991, 1991.17.80 & 1991.17.81. © 2000–2018 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The oba and chiefs of Benin wear pairs of ornate bracelets at palace festivals. Long and cylindrical, these cufflike ornaments may be made of either ivory or brass and display imagery reflecting the exalted status of their bearers.  The spiral... [Lire la suite]
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07 janvier 2019

Bracelet, Edo peoples, Nigeria, Court of Benin, 1550–1680 (?)

Bracelet, Edo peoples, Nigeria, Court of Benin, 1550–1680 (?). Ivory, copper (?). H. 5 1/8 x Diam. 3 9/16 in. (13 x 9 cm). The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1964, 1978.412.340. © 2000–2018 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. At palace festivals, the king and chiefs of Benin wear pairs of long, cylindrical bracelets made of ivory or brass decorated with images that symbolize royal power. On this example, images of mudfish and Portuguese heads--both referring to... [Lire la suite]
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07 janvier 2019

Hip Ornament: Face, Edo peoples, Nigeria, Court of Benin, 16th–17th century

Hip Ornament: Face, Edo peoples, Nigeria, Court of Benin, 16th–17th century. Brass. H. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm). Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls, 1991, 1991.17.49. © 2000–2018 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Benin history, religion, and political structure are brought to life every year in a series of palace rituals intended to purify the kingdom and renew the spiritual powers of the king, the oba. Many of these vivid and solemn rites were introduced by individual obas in order to commemorate events in their reigns... [Lire la suite]
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07 janvier 2019

Head of Iyoba, Edo peoples, Nigeria, Court of Benin, 18th–19th century

Head of Iyoba, Edo peoples, Nigeria, Court of Benin, 18th–19th century. Brass (cast), iron. H. 21 in. × W. 10 1/2 in. × D. 10 3/4 in. (53.3 × 26.7 × 27.3 cm). Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls, 1991, 1991.17.4. © 2000–2018 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the Benin kingdom, the iyoba, or mother of the oba (king), occupies an important and historically significant place within Benin's political hierarchy. The title was first conferred upon Idia, the mother of king Esigie, who used her... [Lire la suite]
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