Waist Pendant with Oba and Two Attendants
Arts of Africa
The central figure on this pendant represents the oba, or king, of Benin flanked by important court officials. The scene symbolizes support for the oba, who in turn sustains the nation. The pendant was worn by the oba on a belt around his waist at state events.
mid-16th to early 17th century
8 x 6 1/4 x 2 1/4 in (20.3 x 15.9 x 5.7 cm) (show scale)
painted number: 25601
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Gift of Beatrice Riese
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Edo. Waist Pendant with Oba and Two Attendants, mid-16th to early 17th century. Copper alloy, 8 x 6 1/4 x 2 1/4 in (20.3 x 15.9 x 5.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Beatrice Riese, 1998.38. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1998.38_front_PS2.jpg)
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