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Plaque Fragment

Arts of Africa

On View: African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
This fragment of a plaque depicts a warrior whose leopard-tooth necklace, bracelet, and skirt indicate that he was most likely an official of the court of the oba, or king, of Benin. Such plaques adorned the pillars and walls of the royal palace. They both memorialized the specific events of an oba’s reign and served as reference guides to proper court dress and ritual.
MEDIUM Copper alloy
DATES mid 16th-17th century
DIMENSIONS 11 3/8 x 7 1/8 in. (28.9 x 18.1 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
CREDIT LINE Alfred W. Jenkins Fund
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CAPTION Edo. Plaque Fragment, mid 16th-17th century. Copper alloy, 11 3/8 x 7 1/8 in. (28.9 x 18.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Alfred W. Jenkins Fund, 39.113. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 39.113_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Figure in relief of warrior carrying baldric and sword held by left hand. Necklace of leopard's teeth, some of which are missing. Right arm at the side, bracelets represented on this arm. Background of plaque with simple incised pattern of two leaves enclosing a circle. Condition: sides, part of top and bottom broken away.
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Plaque Fragment