Skip to product information
1 of 20


A copy of a sculpture in the Benin style, Okpia

A copy of a sculpture in the Benin style, Okpia

Regular price €5.000,00 EUR
Regular price Sale price €5.000,00 EUR
Sale Out of stock
Shipping calculated at checkout.

A copy of a sculpture in the Benin style, Okpia, lost wax cast in brass, depicting a soldier, holding a rifle and carrying a sword. He wears a helmet and armguard, he seems to be barefooted, standing on a square pedestal base decorated with interlace.

"In the art of Benin, works in bronze can be commissioned only by the Oba, or ruler, or by others with his permission. According to oral traditions, the technique of lost-wax bronze casting was brought to Benin around the end of the fourteenth century from Ife, the ancient kingdom to the north noted for its exquisite cast-bronze commemorative heads. Prior to that time, Benin craftsmen produced hammered and incised, but not cast, bronze ornaments.

A similar motive of a Portuguese warrior without plinth and cleaned, private collection, exhibited British Museum, at the end of the photosequence.

Once the technique of lost-wax casting was mastered by the craftsmen of Benin, bronze heads and figures began to appear on the Oba's shrines. This figure of a court musician playing a side-blown trumpet attests to the technical virtuosity of the Benin bronze casters. The figure's elaborately textured garment depicts the hide of a leopard, an animal associated with the power of the Oba. Similarly, the strands of coral around his neck and chest reaffirm this musician's status in the Benin court, since coral, like bronze and ivory, is a royal prerogative in Benin. "

Source: The MET.

Height: 70 cm
Width: 47 cm
Weight: 13,7 kg

View full details