A BENIN HEAD OF A SNAKE

Provenance: Seward Kennedy, London

The umbrella term “Benin bronzes” refers to a huge range of objects produced by members of the casters guild, most of which are actually made of brass or copper alloy. Most common objects associated with the Benin bronzes are plaques and commemorative head sculptures. But the Benin bronzes also include elaborate and rare altarpiece sculptures; ornate staffs and other regalia that might have been carried by members of the royal court; and large birds and articulated snakes that adorned the roofs of the palace in Benin City. A similar example is on view in the British Museum, London.
19th Century

Benin City, sub Saharan Africa, Nigeria. 26 x 22 cm
Brass, Nicely decorated, two holes in the front, lost wax in brass.