SOME FACTS ABOUT BENIN BRONZE HEADS

The Benin bronze head is another artistic form of the Benin bronze works that the Benin artists created to serve  some religious and cultural purposes. The Benin bronze heads come in either human or animal forms. Such human forms are mostly royal personages, portuguese, slaves (Ivbiotor), etc. Animals that come in bronze head forms are usually leopards, elephants and rams. The cultural significance of these Benin bronze heads can be…

WHAT THE BENIN BRONZE PLAQUES LITERALLY SIGNIFY

The Benin  bronze plaques were not just ornamental objects made for decorative or adornment purposes, but were, during the former times, also crafted to serve as a record of notable court and societal events and ceremonies for both present and future generation. The portrayal of various court and societal events, ceremonies and festivals of the Benin kingdom centuries ago, are still evident in the Benin bronze plaques. In Keeping with the need to still preserve time-honoured…

ABOUT THE BENIN BRONZE CASTING PROCESS

The Benin bronze casting process has come of age. However, it is not quite certain how the Binis became aware of the utilitarian or practical benefits of the bronze. Nonetheless, it is said that they sourced their bronze (which is usually an alloy of copper, tin, sometimes small quantities of other metals) from places like Songhay Empire, Western Sudan, etc., and much later from the Portuguese, with whom they established trade relations. Their fortuitous contact with the Portuguese…

ABOUT BENIN BRONZE LEOPARDS

Benin Bronze Leopards come in different styles and forms. There are leopard bronzes with bodies enchased or decorated with spots represented by flat rings in relief. On these Benin bronze leopards, you can see how the Benin artists carefully repeat the flat rings motif throughout the work. You will also find on some of these Benin Bronze leopards, flat rings that are mildly indented. Although in some depictions of the leopard, these flat rings ( series of indents punched…

THE BENIN BRONZE ART’S ORIGIN – Sides Of The Story.

There have been different and somewhat conflicting accounts of the origin of the Benin bronze art. This has given rise to different schools of thought regarding its origin. In light of the differing views about the origin of the Benin bronze, this treatise seeks to examine both sides of the story, thus giving it a whole new perspective. And given the nature of the history of things, Goethe’s succinct quotation below, does prove instructive as i…