Date: 19th century
Geography: Nigeria, Court of Benin
Culture: Edo peoples
Medium: Brass, iron
Dimensions: H. 18 x W. 11 3/4 x D. 12 in. (45.7 x 29.9 x 30.5 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls, 1991
Accession Number: 1991.17.3
This example of a brass casting of a Benin head may date to the mid-nineteenth century. The extreme degree of stylization, swollen cheeks and enlarged eyes, the size of the flange at the base, the weight of the casting, and the winglike projections attached to the crowns are characteristic of brass casting during this later period of Benin royal court.