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Michael Yates wrote an interesting article on matters that lead to the removal of the Benin bronzes from Oba’s palace in the 19th century. He had tried to give an objective account without wanting to see events only from a British viewpoint.    What is the ‘true’ story behind the events leading up to the sacking of Benin City and the Benin bronzes?

Brass plaque showing the Oba of Benin with attendants Edo peoples, century AD From Benin, Nigeria

The Dahomey Amazons or Mino were a Fon all-female military regiment of the Kingdom of Dahomey (now Benin) which lasted until the end of the 19th century. They were so named by Western observers and historians due to their similarity to the semi-mythical Amazons of ancient Anatolia and the Black Sea. For many years, the Black Sea was called the Amazon.

The Dahomey Amazons or Mino were a Fon all-female military regiment of the Kingdom of Dahomey (now Benin) which lasted until the end of the 19th century. They were so named by Western observers and historians due to their similarity to the semi-mythical Amazons of ancient Anatolia and the Black Sea. For many years, the Black Sea was called the Amazon.

Head of an Oba, Edo brass sculpture from the court of Benin, Nigeria, 16th century

Head of an Oba, Edo brass sculpture from the court of Benin, Nigeria, century ~Via Dwayne Hearn

Bronze Head for the Worship of Osun    Benin Empire, 18th century    The British Museum

Bronze Head for the Worship of Osun Benin Empire, century The British Museum “Osun is one of a number of deities worshipped in Benin. His power lies in plants of the forests. Magical specialists, or ebo, use herbs and plants to create magical or.

Ivory Saltcellar: Portuguese Figures [Nigeria; Edo peoples, court of Benin] 15th–16th century Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Artist Unknown Saltcellar with Portuguese Figures Nigeria; Edo peoples, court of century) Ivory ½ in. cm) “ This saltcellar created by a Benin ivory carver reflects a local.

Head with elaborate crown, 12th-15th century, terra-cotta ("The Kingdom of Ife: Sculptures from West Africa," British Museum)

Saw these heads at British Museum. a lovely exhibition. Kingdom of Ife: Sculptures from West Africa ~ Head with elaborate crown, century terra-cotta

Nigeria | Royal Benin bracelet; decorated with the head of the Oba on both sides | Bronze; 3kgs weight | 2nd half of the 20th century  || Reserved

AFRICAN ART: Royal Benin bracelet, decorated with the head of the Oba on both sides, bronze, half of the century

National Museum of Lagos. Plate with officials of court - bronze- Benin. 16th-17th century > unknown

Bronze Plate with Court Officials - Benin. National Museum of Lagos.

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