Benin Style Wooden Head of an Oba - PF.2583 - For Sale

Benin Style Wooden Head of an Oba - PF.2583
Price: $6000.00
Masterfully carved from a giant block of wood, this commemorative head was created as a dedication to the ancestors of the Oba, or divine king, of Benin. Benin is a kingdom in Africa founded in the late thirteenth or early fourteenth century. It flourished under the rule of the Oba and his hierarchical court until the end of the nineteenth century when British troops invaded the city. In 1914, the Benin king was reinstated, however, and many of the ritual, political and artistic activities of the court were also resumed. The unique Benin artistry of that period is revealed in this spirited Oba head, a characteristically idealized representation of the powerful rulers. Although it is an ideal image, the wood carver has nevertheless imbued the Oba with a subtle naturalism, through the Oba’s softly modeled face, full and sensual lips, broad nose and furrowed cheeks and brow. At the same time the Oba’s electrically charged eyes enhance his authoritative presence, while a large pointed headdress elevates his exalted visage upwards toward the heavens. This commemorative Oba head clearly speaks of a people whose art forms are filled with evocative power a people whose traditions find dramatic expressionthroughthehandsoftheirgifted.-(PF.2583)Benin Style Wooden Head of an Oba-PF.2583Origin: West Africa Circa: 20 th Century ADDimensions: 22" (55.9cm) high Collection: Decorative Arts Style: Benin Medium: Wood

Decorative Interior
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