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Bronze head with beaded crown and plume. 12th-14th

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Bronze head with beaded crown and plume. 12th-14th

Bronze head with beaded crown and plume. 12th-14th c. King of Oni, king of Ife. Yoruba art. Sculpture on bronze. UNITED KINGDOM. London. The British Museum. Proc: NIGERIA. Ife

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12th Beaded Bronze Nigeria Plume 14th Up Right Yoruba


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1. Title: "Majestic Ruler of Ife: A Bronze Head with Beaded Crown and Plume from the 12th-14th Century" This bronze head, hailing from the ancient Yoruba kingdom of Ife in Nigeria, dates back to the 12th to 14th centuries. Displayed proudly in the hallowed halls of the British Museum in London, this magnificent sculpture is a testament to the rich cultural heritage of the Yoruba people. The king's regal countenance is captured in intricate detail, with his eyes closed in deep contemplation or meditation. His beaded crown, adorned with a plume, signifies his royal status and divine connection to the gods. The crown's vibrant colors and intricate beadwork reflect the importance of art and craftsmanship in the Yoruba culture. The vertical orientation of the sculpture adds to its grandeur, emphasizing the king's stature and power. The use of bronze as the medium for this sculpture speaks to the advanced metallurgical techniques of the Ife people during this period. The Oni, or king of Ife, was believed to be a divine ruler, with a close connection to the gods. This bronze head is a powerful reminder of the reverence and respect the Yoruba people held for their leaders, and the significant role art played in their society. The British Museum's acquisition of this priceless artifact is a testament to the institution's commitment to preserving and showcasing the world's cultural heritage. This bronze head with its beaded crown and plume is not just a work of art, but a window into the past, offering us a glimpse into the lives and beliefs of the ancient Yoruba people.

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