Ife Art        

What features distinguish these figures as royalty?

Can you identify the royal regalia and their significance?

Consider why rulers are depicted in the prime of life. 

Bronze (Leaded brass) sculpture of Oni (ruler)
probably from 800-500 B.P (1300-1500)
  Bronze (Leaded  brass) bust of Ife ruler from 900-500 B.P. (1100-1500 A.D).  Mustache and beard or beaded veil may have been attached to the holes around the mouth, chin and jaw.

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This website was last modified September 5th, 2009. It was created and modified by Cynthia Becker, Bolaji Campbell and Janine Sytsma with Professor Henry Drewal.
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