Location: On Display in the Africa Galleries

From: Nigeria | Benin Kingdom

Curatorial Section: African

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Object Number AF5103
Current Location Africa Galleries - On Display
Culture Edo (Africa)
Provenience Nigeria | Benin Kingdom
Culture Area Edo (Africa)
Date Made 19th century CE
Section African
Materials Copper Alloy | Brass | Terracotta
Technique Lost Wax Casting
Iconography Human Figure | Prisoner | Human Head | Crocodile | Tortoise

Multi-figure metal altarpieces (aseberia) depicting a kneeling captive wearing large bell necklace and hands tied in front of torso flanked by four severed heads on each side, four figures stand behind (two are broken - only lower legs remain), in front of captive are a tortoise, a crocodile, and a unknown object.

Height 25.4 cm
Length 30.48 cm
Width 22.86 cm
Credit Line Purchased from W. O. Oldman, 1920

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