Large Bronze Queen Of Benin

Large Bronze Queen Of Benin - Nigeria
  • Large Bronze Queen Of Benin - Nigeria
Description :

The Bronze Head of Queen Idia is a commemorative bronze head from medieval Benin that probably represents Queen Idia, who was a powerful monarch during the early sixteenth century at the Benin court, mother of Oba Esigie, ruled the Benin court.

The bronze head was made using the lost wax casting technique in the early sixteenth century. It is a very realistic representation of a young woman from the Benin court, who wears a high pointed crown of lattice-shaped red coral beads. The eyes and two bands between them are inset with iron. Above each eyebrow are engraved four cicatrices.

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