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Benin Bronze Cuff Leopard Bracelet Edo Nigeria African Art

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Title Benin Bronze Cuff Leopard Bracelet Edo Nigeria African Art
Type of Object cast bronze cuff
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Edo
Materials Bronze (unknown metal content)
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 13 Inches
6 inches diameter at wide end; 3.5 inches at narrow end
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair worn surface, some minor casting flaws, dirt and stains

Additional Information: A long bronze cuff decorated with ornate geometric patterns.   Benin examples of  leopards are known as being ritually used as aquamanile to pour water during ceremonies. The age of this piece is difficult to determine however what is important to note is that the skill of the Nigerian bronze (brass) casters of today who cast this leopard continues a tradition nearly 500 years old at Benin and have not lost their skill in producing wonderful works of art.

The Benin Kingdom was founded by the son of an Ife king around 1300, but it was not until the 15th/16thC that the kingdom reached its zenith. Sometime in the 15thC, members of the kingdom made contact with Portuguese traders living along the coast, and it is likely that some of the skills found in their metalworks were learned from these interactions. The originals of these castings date to the 12th to 15th centuries and are worth millions of dollars. The present day inhabitants, Edo and  Yoruba who live in Benin, continue to produce art today inspired by these famous early masterpieces.


Additional Reading:

Augustus Pitt-Rivers, Antique Works of Art From Benin, 1900 

Hagen, Dr. K., Altertumer von Benin, Jahrbuch der Hamburgischesen  Wissenschaftlichen Anstalten, V. XVII, 1900.

H. Ling Roth, Great Benin, Its Customs, Art and Horrors, 1903 (1968).

Dark, P. J. C., W. & B. Foreman, Benin Art,1960.

Dark, P. J.C., An Introduction to Benin Art and Technology, 1973.

Ben-Amos, P. The Art of Benin, 1980.

Freyer, B., Royal Benin Art, 1987.

Ezra, K., Royal Art of Benin, The Perls Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992.

Duchateau, A., Benin, Royal Art of Africa from the Museum fur Volkerkunde, Vienna, 1994