Box in the Form of a Leopard's Head
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.
- Culture: Edo
- Medium: Wood, metal
- Place Made: Benin, Edo State, Nigeria
- Dates: 19th century
- Dimensions: 6 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (17.1 x 14 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of Africa
- Museum Location: This item is on view in African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
- Accession Number: 56.6.31a-b
- Credit Line: Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: 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
- Catalogue Description: Box in form of feline head, wood with metal tacks over surface, ears protrude, teeth and fangs represented. Condition: generally good, slightly chipped.
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)