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Plaque

possibly 1500s-1600s

Brass

Overall: 49.4 x 30.6 cm (19 7/16 x 12 1/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1953.425

Description

Hundreds of brass plaques with figures in high relief once covered the wooden pillars of the palace courtyard. It cannot be confirmed whether the depicted scenes reflect rituals or ceremonies, or tell stories about historical events. Imported as a result of overseas trade with Europe, brass was the ultimate sign of wealth and the exclusive property of the king.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork
Medium: 
Brass

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