Relief plate: dignitaries and companions

Physical Chareteristics
The relief plate is part of the cultural and artistic heritage of the presumably 800-year-old Kingdom of Benin. The kingdom, which is located in what is now southwestern Nigeria, was conquered by the British in 1897 and the courtly works of art came to Europe as spoils of war. Bronze relief panels covered the pillars of Oba’s palace in Benin City. The panels show aspects of court life and bear witness to the history of the kingdom. The picture program shows three different figures. The figure on the left can be identified as a warrior by its leopard tooth chain and the bell on the sword edge under its left arm. The middle figure has positioned her hand on the sword handle, under which a triple decorative tassel can be seen.


Material: Brass


Dimensions: 42.5 x 36.5 x 9.5 cm