Brass Plaque, Edo Peoples, Benin, Nigeria

Brought from Benin City after it had fallen to the British Expedition of 1897, these plaques decorated the walls of the Oba’s (King’s) palace.

The figures represent two attendants, both of them wearing the court dress of classical Benin. The figure on the right is playing on a double gong, an instrument that was struck to signify the pleasure of the Oba.

© Hull Museums

Accession reference: Hull Museums, 2006.9096

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