The Benin Sculptures, masterpieces of African Art, 16th- 19th century

These antique bronze sculptures from the West African kingdom of Benin astounded critics when first seen in Europe in the late 1880s.  They could hardly believe that such technically accomplished sculptures were created by African artists. This lecture reveals the sophisticated production processes, the symbolism and ritual use of the bronzes.  One of the richest collections of Benin bronzes is in the British Museum.

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