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Old reddish brown patina
18th – 19th Century
Size : 9 cm high, 13 cm deep, 8.5 cm wide – 3¾ ins high, 5¼ ins deep, 3¼ ins wide
Brass was a material with Royal connotations in Benin and its use was strictly controlled, with guild craftsmen working under the patronage of the court. Brass has a complex meaning. As a material it never corrodes or rusts and thus it stands for permanence and the continuity of Kingship.
Brass is thought to be red in colour and this is considered by the Edo as 'threatening', that is to have the power to drive away evil forces. It's shiny surface is considered beautiful and in the past Royal brasses were constantly polished to a high sheen.
|Height||9.00 cm||(3.54 inches)|
|Width||8.50 cm||(3.35 inches)|
|Depth||13.00 cm||(5.12 inches)|