Galerie Peter Herrmann

Ancient Art from Africa - Benin & Ife


Benin, Nigeria
about 1700
H - 33 cm, L - 33,5 cm



Thermoluminescence - Expertise


This ram is a very special, unique item for which there is a stylistic relative in the Museum für Völkerkunde Berlin. In the "Baessler-Archive" from 1970 it is dedicated with a similar metallurgicai composition to the 18th century. Its technical distinctiveness and old age (300 years) - recently determined with new methods - lend this object a particular rarefaction. The head is very sensitively rendered and boasts many finely-expressed details, like ears with leaf motif and small chain. The animal's neck evolves directly into a type of base, which, for its part, is decorated with circles.