Shielded Queens


This file appears in: Oba's Palace, Benin City, Nigeria
Shielded Queens
©D. Anthony Mahone

The royal ancestral courtyard includes a section at the right of the dais that is screened off with decorative ironwork, ornamented by the ada and eben ceremonial swords and by depictions of the crown. This effectively prevents viewers from clearly seeing its occupants, the oloi or queens, along with their attendants.


This file appears in: Oba's Palace, Benin City, Nigeria