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…