Portuguese colonist figure - Bini Edo - Benin


The statues and bronze objects in the African art of the Kingdom of Benin

We know from research conducted by Africanist historians and experts that Europeans fought in the 16th century alongside Benin and that the African nobility showed a keen interest in European firearms. The court art of Benin attests to this; the figure of the armed European, in a context of war or hunting, is recurrent. The production of Portuguese sculptures has obviously lasted longer than expected, and these works, stereotyped, quasi-divine, have gradually become synonymous with power, wealth and a comfortable social status. These unique pieces in their These are the expressions of the dangerousness of the firearms to which the Edo attributed supernatural properties. Our tribal art gallery offers you this authentic figure in African bronze at a price lower than the estimate established by the experts.

Origin : private collection, United KingdomDating : 1940Size : 40 x 23 x 13 cmWeight : 3.9 kgMaterial : bronze

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Presumed dating
Circa 1940
Expert's estimate
Ethnic group
Benin Kingdom / Bini Edo

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