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Waist Pendant

Benin Edo

Ht. 6 3/4




West Africa

Jay Last Collection, Beverly Hills

Waist Pendant with Oba and Two Attendants

The central figure on this pendant represents the


, or king, of Benin flanked by important court officials. The scene symbolizes support for the


, who in turn sustains the nation. The pendant was worn by the


on a belt around his waist at state events.

  • Beatrice Reise Collection, Brooklyn Museum, NY
  • Culture: Edo
  • Medium: Copper alloy
  • Place Made: Benin, Edo State, Nigeria
  • Dates: mid-16th-early 17th century
  • Dimensions: 8 x 6 1/4 x 2 1/4 in (20.3 x 15.9 x 5.7 cm) (show scale)