The Dais Awaits the Oba


This file appears in: Oba's Palace, Benin City, Nigeria
The Dais Awaits the Oba
©D. Anthony Mahone

When palace ceremonies are held in the courtyard of the royal ancestral shrine, the Oba sits on a dais in the shade, the shrines behind him in reinforcement of his authority. Here a courtier stands by his cylindrical throne, wrapped in pure white cloth. Beside it is a slender medicine-filled cylindrical elbow support, covered with red cloth. The vertical lines on the red cloth indicate the old Benin torso tattoos that all citizens once bore.


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