(Copy) Antique Batammariba Iron Mask. Benin or Togo. E. 20th Century.

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Bronze Sculpture of a Ram
In the form of an Aquamanile
Benin Culture
Edo People
Nigeria, West Africa.
20th century.

13” nose to tail
12.5” tall
4” wide
6.17 kilograms

A very similar ram can be found in the British Museum in London.
A symbol of royal power for the altar of a king.

In Benin, the ram stands for masculinity and perseverance and was traditionally sacrificed at the Ague Ceremony, inaugurated by Oba Esigie (-1550) as part of an important festival.

A 20th century copy of a 17th century Royal Altar Piece.
Exceptional Quality. Fine details and Heavy Weight.
Collected by naturalist and philanthropist, Eli Weiss in the 1980’s.

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