possibly 1500s-1600s

Copper alloy

Overall: 49.4 x 30.6 cm (19 7/16 x 12 1/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1953.425



Hundreds of brass plaques with figures in high relief once covered the wooden pillars of the palace courtyard. It cannot be confirmed whether the depicted scenes reflect rituals or ceremonies, or tell stories about historical events. Imported as a result of overseas trade with Europe, brass was the ultimate sign of wealth and the exclusive property of the king.

See also
African Art
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Copper alloy

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