African Art Collections at Museums: The Bronze Heads of Leaders and King
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While I was unable to attend the museums in New York I was able to go to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and The Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington D.C. While I was at both museums I saw that both African art collections had a number of bronze heads of leaders and kings. I noticed that both museums had almost the identical bronze head of the king, so I decided to dedicate this paper on the bronze heads of the Benin kingdom, and the Edo peoples.
The bronze head to the upper left is the commemorative head of a neighboring leader, the artist of this artwork is an unidentified African it is made of copper alloy, iron. The creation of this sculpture is said to be around the late 15th century to the early 16th century. In 1897 it was removed from the Benin Royal Palace by Captain Guy Burrows, and then sold to Lt. General Augustus Henry Pitt-Rivers it was then passed on to generations of the Pitt-Rivers, then sold to Robert Owen Lehman, in which he then gave to the MFA as a promised gift. The head to the upper right is a commemorative head of a king (Oba), the artist is also an unidentified African, and it is made of copper alloy, iron. The creation of the sculpture is said to be in the late 16th century. The artwork belonged to Armand Rateau in 1932, sold to L. Hope in 1968; it was then kept in the family until it was sold to Alexander Martin, who gave it to Robert Owen Lehman, who promised it as a gift to the MFA. All the Benin artworks at the Museum