The Palace as Container


This file appears in: Oba's Palace, Benin City, Nigeria
The Palace as Container
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This large lidded cast brass box depicts a section of the palace, complete with shingled roof, turret with snakes on either side, topped by a bird with outstretched wings, and two crouching Portuguese figures on the roofline shooting at what were two additional birds. The lower photograph includes the horizontal grooves that marked royal and chiefly buildings, while the stepped section in the middle of the upper photo may indicate an altar.


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