Monday, August 30, 2010

African Coincidence

This morning when I turned over the image on my desk calendar, I was greeted by this brass Nigerian warrior.

Whilst there are no songs from Nigeria in Zimbe!, I nevertheless felt it was a coincidence too good to keep to myself as we do sing a protest song about 'not giving up the fight.'

Made by the Edo people in Nigeria, the small plaque is one of several brasses covering the doors and pillars of a large palace complex. This warrior, and his attendants are high status and look suitably fierce - I would not want to tangle with them!

They were made in the 16th or 17th century, and are now part of the Metropolitan Museum's collections of Benin art. Read more about them here.


daharja said...

What an awesome work of art! Thanks so much for sharing :-)

Leta said...

Wow! Great stuff!