Here we have a pair of vintage African tribal folk art sculptures which depict a large saharan cat which is likely a leopard posing in a laying or prone position. These matching sculptures in 2 different poses are a respectable 6″ long, 2.5″ wide and 3″ tall. Constructed of bronze, these pieces weight about 1 pound each.
To our understanding, these pieces originate from the west coast of Africa, specifically Nigeria and Togo where the Benin Kingdom was located during the 15th and 16th centuries. Benin metalsmiths were very talented and used innovative wax casting techniques. Leopards were considered the royal animal thus depictions and figures were the sole property of the royalty (also known as oba).
These pieces present well showing wear consistent with age. These pieces are a part of a recent estate liquidation of a elderly and well-traveled couple where it seemed like everything in the estate was no newer than the 70s or 80s. We are comfortable saying vintage, but we don’t have the expertise to date them more accurately so please view the pictures and decide for yourself.
Dimensions approx 6″l x 2.5″w x 3″h
Weight 1lbs 12 oz
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