Kingdom of Benin: bronzes in African art
The Kingdom of Benin or Bini Edo was founded around 1300 and reached its peak between the 15th and 16th centuries.
It is a court art because it is closely related to the king called oba. The African art of the Kingdom of Benin is undoubtedly one of the best known thanks to its bronze statues. Made using the lost wax technique, carvers cast plaques, effigies of queens and dignitaries, heads, horsemen and many other royal pieces. We also know them from ivories and wood carving to a lesser extent.