BENIN, NIGERIA, NIGERIA
BRONZE, HEIGHT 59CM
This large altar piece shows the Oba Ewakpe who reigned from 1701 to 1712 with 3 slaves and a leopard. The Oba is portrayed as a huge figure, demonstrating his all embracing power and stature. He is wearing a European style hat, which originates from early Portuguese traders. Around the sides of the base are various symbols and figures of fallen enemies to emphasize the kings power and achievements.