Modeled Panels on the Palace Interior


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Modeled Panels on the Palace Interior
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This interior includes modeled clay panels, common to aristocratic Benin homes of the late 19th century, and revived for the restored palace in the mid-20th century by the artist Idah. The panel at right represents a frontal leopard, a pose choice that is somewhat unusual, given that images of Benin animals are usually positioned from their most recognizable angle. A very similarly abstracted leopard was modeled at the front of a clay support that formerly served as the plinth for the Oba's ikegobo, or altar to the hand and personal accomplishment (see Dmochowski, p. 1.28).


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