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African Benin Cast Bronze Plaque Sculpture

  • $ 60000

Vintage African Benin Kingdom wall plaque. This heavy cast bronze wall plaque depicts a scene from the Benin palace adornments which were removed in the late 19th century by the invading British punitive forces. The piece is composed of 4 warriors, all holding weapons and each have helmets on. Three are on foot, one being extremely tall who holds a shield and the figure to the furthest right is on horseback. This was obtained in the 1950's by the previous owners most likely as a recasting as it appears to be sand cast but it was believed to be cast in the 1920's or shortly thereafter. The most sought after Benin bronzes were cast using the lost wax technique which produces a much smoother result.

Benin was a prominent kingdom in Nigeria which prevailed from the late 14th to late 19th century. There are holes for wall attachment at top which reveal its internal color of the raw metal which is most likely brass. While the collection is known as the Benin Bronzes, like most West African "bronzes" the pieces are mostly made of brass of variable composition.

This would make a great addition to your eclectic home decor or as part of a bronze African art collection.


Plaque measures 13.25" tall by 11" wide by 3.5" deep and weighs 13lb 12oz.


This plaque is in fairly good condition. There are many holes throughout especially at the bottom most likely where the casting process trailed off (please see all photographs as they form part of the listing description).


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