Benin Shrine


This file appears in: Oba's Palace, Benin City, Nigeria
Benin Shrine
©Trustees of the British Museum, Af,A46.12
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While this is definitely a Benin shrine, its location in the palace is uncertain. The best-known figurative Benin shrines represent Olokun, its most popular deity, who is associated with wealth and the sea. Like this figure, he is usually shown seated and dressed like an Oba, surrounded by his wives and an entourage. Normally, however, Olokun shrines are completely whitened with orhue "chalk," or kaolin. In addition, shrines to Olokun would customarily have shaped lumps of chalk at his feet, rather than the stones seen here.


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