A superb old fine cast bronze figure, representation of the king Oba , wearing a ceremonial garment and headdress, a prestigious coral collar ,
approx 11" h by 5.5" w
Benin art is royal art, made to glorify the great king or Oba, who is considered to have divine ancestry. The brass casters guild historically worked primarily for the monarchy, with smaller pieces being available to chiefs. It has been in existence since the fifteenth or sixteenth century.