Benin Mask Hip Ornament, Nigeria
Lot 166
Benin Mask Hip Ornament, Nigeria
Sold for US$ 10,000 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Benin Mask Hip Ornament, Nigeria
Brass
height 7 3/4in (19.7cm)

PROVENANCE
Julius Carlebach, prior to 1962
Private Collection, New York
Thence by descent

Cf. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Accession Number: 1991.17.49)

"Benin history, religion, and political structure are brought to life every year in a series of palace rituals intended to purify the kingdom and renew the spiritual powers of the king, the oba. Many of these vivid and solemn rites were introduced by individual obas in order to commemorate events in their reigns and to promote important principles in the ideology of divine kingship.

At these palace festivals, the powers of the king, the roles of the various chiefs and titleholders, and the relationships between them are displayed for all to see. The arts play an important role in these rituals. The king and other participants wear their most lavish ceremonial costumes, consisting of vast quantities of costly imported coral beads, luxurious textiles, and ornaments made of gleaming brass and creamy ivory. This ornament in the shape of a man's face was part of such a costume, and was meant to be worn around the waist." (Metropolitan Museum of Art, WEB, nd, 2013)
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