Altar


This file appears in: Oba's Palace, Benin City, Nigeria
Altar
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While it remains uncertain whether this was a palace altar or not, it was certainly a Benin altar--but to whom? It depicts a deity dressed like an Oba, seated in state with attendants. Altars to Olokun, Benin's most popular deity, depict the god of the sea and wealth with similar, often life-sized sculptures, although they generally have more figures. The palace certainly contained an Olokun altar in the 1960s, as Dmochowski indicated. However, altars to deities such as Ogun and Ake are similarly configured with figures in royal attire, so identification of this altar's occupant remains uncertain. It is apparently part of a series of figurative niche shrines, erected side by side. The one to its left includes a leopard representation, as well as human figures


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