Box in the Form of a Leopard's Head
Arts of Africa
On View: African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
This box was used to hold kola nuts presented to visitors in the royal court of Benin. Leopards are one of the most commonly portrayed animals in African art. Intelligent and courageous, they often serve as metaphors for powerful individuals or associations.
Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos
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Edo. Box in the Form of a Leopard's Head, 19th century. Wood, metal, 6 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (17.1 x 14 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos, 56.6.31a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 56.6.31a-b.jpg)
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Box in form of feline head, wood with metal tacks over surface, ears protrude, teeth and fangs represented. Condition: generally good, slightly chipped.
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