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Africa | Standing Figure, with a bell on it's chest and a movable necklace, representing panther teeth, holding a ceremonial sword in his right hand, on the back a carved, small rectangular box which indicates that the figure was probably a shrine figure, representing an Oba's guard or a warrior figure. | Benin Kingdom, Nigeria | ca. 18th century

Africa | Standing Figure, with a bell on it's chest and a movable necklace, representing panther teeth, holding a ceremonial sword in his right hand, on the back a carved, small rectangular box which indicates that the figure was probably a shrine figure, representing an Oba's guard or a warrior figure. | Benin Kingdom, Nigeria | ca. 18th century

Head for Shrine (Altar), Edo People, Benin-Nigeria

Head for Shrine (Altar), Edo People, Benin-Nigeria

Nigeria - Benin Edo Ivory Standing Female Figure (Metropolitan Museum of Art) | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Nigeria - Benin Edo Ivory Standing Female Figure (Metropolitan Museum of Art) | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Plate palace - Nigeria - Edo Bini - Bronze lost wax  ? "No matter which direction the wind, the sun will always be there and it should go ...?"  ... African wisdom  The Kingdom of Benin is known for its magnificent bronzes and ivory carvings.  These works constitute one of the greatest treasures of mankind and are among the cornerstones of museums around the world . The palace of the Oba, where were royal shrines, was considered the center of the capital of the kingdom. www.bruno-mignot.com

Plate palace - Nigeria - Edo Bini - Bronze lost wax ? "No matter which direction the wind, the sun will always be there and it should go ...?" ... African wisdom The Kingdom of Benin is known for its magnificent bronzes and ivory carvings. These works constitute one of the greatest treasures of mankind and are among the cornerstones of museums around the world . The palace of the Oba, where were royal shrines, was considered the center of the capital of the kingdom. www.bruno-mignot.com

Plaque: Iyase with Sword and Attendant, 1550–1680. Nigeria, Court of Benin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1972 (1978.412.320) #sword

Plaque: Iyase with Sword and Attendant, 1550–1680. Nigeria, Court of Benin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1972 (1978.412.320) #sword

Africa | Female dance mask from the Kuba people of Congo | Wood, textiles, cowrie shells, glass beads | 19th century | The mask represents Ngady Mwaash, the sister (more rarely the mother) of the mighty Woot, the founder of the kingdom

Africa | Female dance mask from the Kuba people of Congo | Wood, textiles, cowrie shells, glass beads | 19th century | The mask represents Ngady Mwaash, the sister (more rarely the mother) of the mighty Woot, the founder of the kingdom

Masquerade Element: Leopard Head (Omama) | 17th–19th century | Nigeria Culture: Yoruba peoples, Owo group | Medium: Ivory, wood or coconut shell

Masquerade Element: Leopard Head (Omama) | 17th–19th century | Nigeria Culture: Yoruba peoples, Owo group | Medium: Ivory, wood or coconut shell

Saved from The Met Africa | Ceremonial Skirt (Ntchak) from the Kuba people (Bushoong group) from the Kasai River Region of the DR Congo | Raffia palm fiber with natural dyes | ca. late 19th century

Saved from The Met Africa | Ceremonial Skirt (Ntchak) from the Kuba people (Bushoong group) from the Kasai River Region of the DR Congo | Raffia palm fiber with natural dyes | ca. late 19th century

Africa |  Ifa beaded pouch.  Yoruba peoples, Nigeria | 20th century.

Africa | Ifa beaded pouch. Yoruba peoples, Nigeria | 20th century.

Panel from a Ndop Ceremonial Hanging. Bamum or Bamileke people, Cameroon. First half 20th century Strip woven cotton stitch-resist dyed with indigo. Size: 12 3/4" x 69" (32 x 172.5cm).

Panel from a Ndop Ceremonial Hanging. Bamum or Bamileke people, Cameroon. First half 20th century Strip woven cotton stitch-resist dyed with indigo. Size: 12 3/4" x 69" (32 x 172.5cm).

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