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Large royal bronze leopard / Benin


Old Benin bronze leopard, very large and heavy.

Period: 20th century / Size: 44 cm x 40 cm / Weight: 5,7 kg

ROOTZ gallery product code: AFT4

Among bronze animal depictions in Benin art the leopard appears most frequently. As “king of the forest” his reputation is as great as that of the Oba, or king. Killing a leopard was a privilege of the Oba, who had his own association of leopard hunters equipped with “special powers” which enabled them to kill these animals without losing their own lives.


Authentic Tribal art object from Africa.