Benin Bronze Figure

Benin Bronze Figure

Amongst other things these figures represent ancestors and spirits to whom people address their needs and desires. They may be placed on personal or village shrines. Some are used as dolls to teach young girls the functions of motherhood and may be treated as a real baby or child to the extent that they are fed and nurtured as if alive. These figures are made by creating the sculpture in wax first, then packing clay around the sculpture and melting the wax out of the hollow. The hollow is filled with molten bronze. When the bronze has cooled the clay is broken away to reveal the sculpture. With this technique only one original sculpture can be made from each wax model. Bronze is a valuable metal in Africa and this figure would be regarded as a status symbol. These figures depict members of the king’s entourage.

Product Code:
Mounted on Stand
L 60mm | W 40mm | H 800mm



Dust regularly and wipe with a soft, damp cloth. Dry off to avoid marks. Clean more regularly at the coast. Use cleaning products such as Brasso to polish. Don’t use Brasso on products with antiqued silver finish which contains Brass. It may cause the finish to scratch or change colour.