Antique Benin Bronze Water Buffalo
Antique Benin bronze water buffalo.
The seller says: "This regal water buffalo with three birds sitting on his head and ... more Antique Benin bronze water buffalo.
The seller says: "This regal water buffalo with three birds sitting on his head and back is a worthy example of the traditional African sculpture known as Benin Bronze. A clear connection can be seen here between African tribal art and the work of twentieth century European artists and painters, so many of whom were collectors and devotees of African art and occasional visitors. The flat head, geometric patterns and extreme proportions of the body parts are all elements readily found in Modern painting and sculpture.
The Benin Empire dates back at least six hundred years and lasted until it was overrun and plundered by the British in 1897 in what is now Nigeria. Traditionally, these pieces were produced for the royal court of the empire, ruled by the Oba (King), and were used to decorate his palace and to pay homage to his divine and mystical powers.
The water buffalo shown here dates to the very late 19th or early 20th century. He has a deep patina, some oxidation and other wear, all of which is age-appropriate." less
- 11.5ʺW × 4.5ʺD × 7.0ʺH
- Good Moderate wear and tear, but still has good years left
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