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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.
CULTURE Edo
MEDIUM Copper alloy
DATES mid-16th to early 17th century
DIMENSIONS 8 x 6 1/4 x 2 1/4 in (20.3 x 15.9 x 5.7 cm)  (show scale)
INSCRIPTIONS painted number: 25601
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 1998.38
CREDIT LINE Gift of Beatrice Riese
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION 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)
IMAGE front, 1998.38_front_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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