Old Royal Jewelry Chest from the Yoruba, Benin Style, Nigeria
The famous Benin kingdom and its art flourished in the 15th and 16th century. Even after the Benin kingdom disappeared, the Yoruba people – living on its territory – continued to produce artwork inspired by the great royal art of Benin. The bronze casting process dates back to the late 1200s for the Benin. I am sure that the face on top is not the inspired representation of Queen Mother Idia… a warrior queen who fought for her son (Oba Esigie) in battle in the 16th Century but I am sure this is an older piece of bronze using the Lost Wax Process. I am also sure that this item is a Yoruba Jewelry Chest that once housed royal jewels. At the price listed, I cannot include any of the royal jewels, sorry.
For the Serious Collector.