Lintels over the doorways leading to the large royal ancestral courtyard


This file appears in: Oba's Palace, Benin City, Nigeria
Lintels over the doorways leading to the large royal ancestral courtyard
Kathy Curnow

These wooden lintels are carved with the interlace patterns characteristic of much Benin royal decoration. Made by the Igbesanmwan royal carving guild, they are set into the red earth at the time of construction, and have been coated with kaolin chalk, symbolic of joy and peace..


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