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Warrior Thermoluminescence - Expertise
Benin, Nigeria
about 1880
32 cm
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Warrior with Crocodile-Skin Headdress:

A plaque in the Museum of Ethnology in Leipzig features a very similar figure emerging victorious from a war scene. The two warriors wear the same crocodile-skin headdress and chin-beard, both uncommon for objects from Benin. In the Viennese Catalogue, Christine Seige suggests that both warriors represent Oba Esigie (1504-1550), but this thesis does not seem very logical given that no other depiction of Esigie features a beard or this unusual headdress.

Cp.:
Barbara PLANKENSTEINER (Hg.): Benin. Könige und Rituale. Höfische Kunst aus Nigeria, Wien 2007, S. 457.


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Similar objects:  
Illustration:
Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leizig, Grassimuseum  
Barbara PLANKENSTEINER (Hg.): Benin. Könige und Rituale. Höfische Kunst aus Nigeria, Wien 2007, S. 457.
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