One of the Palace Entrances


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One of the Palace Entrances
Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, 1998.335.7 Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

This photograph shows one of the doors to the 19th-century Benin palace. This door's surface is patterned; it may have been overlaid with brass foil as were many of the doors, lintels, and beams of the period. The fire had already destroyed the palace roof when this photo was taken; the niches in the outer wall are empty, but in chiefs' homes these often held shrine materials or medicines.


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