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The focus of the Edo kingdom of Benin was the palace because the king and royal rituals ensured community well being. At ceremonies to protect the kingdom, the king appeared in elaborate regalia that included small ivory pendant masks hung from his belt. This finely detailed example shows the...

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Credit Line

Lent by William E. Teel

African, Edo peoples, Benin Kingdom, Nigeria, late 17th century


16.51 cm (6 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

L-R 227.1997

Medium or Technique

Ivory, copper, and ebony


Africa and Oceania