Head of an Oba, Kingdom of Benin (Nigeria) Edo People - 16th Century. “The leaders of the Kingdom of Benin in present day Nigeria trace their origin to a ruling dynasty that begun in the fourteenth century. The title of “Oba” or King, is passed on to the firstborn son of each successive King of Benin at the time of his death. The first obligation of each new king during the transfer of rule is to commemorate his father with a portrait cast in bronze and placed on an altar at the palace”. #nigerianart#16thcentury#16centuryart#metropolitanmuseumofart#newyork#brass#history#africanart#bronze
THE 10 MUST-SEE MUSEUMS OF THE WORLD | 4. The Met @metmuseum Metropolitan Museum of Art, byname the Met, the largest and most-comprehensive art museum in New York City and one of the foremost in the world. The museum was incorporated in 1870 and opened two years later. The complex of buildings at its present location in Central Park opened in 1880. The Met has important collections of Egyptian, Babylonian, Assyrian, East Asian and Middle Eastern, Greek and Roman, European, pre-Columbian, New Guinean, Islamic, and American art, including architecture, sculpture, painting, drawings, calligraphy, prints, photographs, glass, bronzes, ceramics, textiles, metalwork, lacquerwork, furniture, period rooms, arms and armour, and musical instruments.