Superb Benin Bronze Oba King Soldier Nigeria African approx 7.25" H by 2.5 " w
with amazing verdisgris patina
Benin art is royal art, made to glorify the great king, or OBA, who is considered to have divine ancestry.
The brass casters Benin castings were all made by the lost wax technique, which produces one-of-a-kind pieces.
A core of wax is covered with clay.
The wax is carved into the exact shape which the artist wants the finished piece , historically worked primarily for the monarchy, with pieces being available to chiefs.
This tradition has been in existence since the fifteenth or sixteenth century.