Head of an Oba

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)

Classification: Metal-Sculpture

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.