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Relief plaque showing a dignitary with drum and two attendants striking gongs

16th–17th century

Artist Unidentified, African


Dimensions

Length x width: 43.2 x 27.9 cm (17 x 11 in.)

Accession Number

L-G 7.32.2012

Medium or Technique

Copper alloy

On View

Benin Kingdom Gallery (Gallery 172)

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Plaques

Provenance

1898, William Downing Webster (dealer; b. 1863 – d. 1913), London and Bicester, Oxfordshire, England; October 15, 1898, sold by W.D. Webster for £ 19 to Lt.-General Augustus Henry Pitt-Rivers (b. 1827 - d. 1900), Farnham, England; until the 1960s, kept at the Pitt-Rivers Museum, Farnham, and passed by descent within the family [see note]; 1970s, sold upon the dispersal of the collection. 2012, promised gift of Robert Owen Lehman to the MFA. NOTE: The collection of the privately-owned Pitt-Rivers museum passed by descent through Augustus Henry Pitt-Rivers’s son Alexander Lane Fox Pitt-Rivers to his grandson, Captain George Pitt-Rivers (1890-1966) and his common law wife, Stella Howson-Clive (Pitt-Rivers). The museum closed in the 1960s and the collection was sold.

Credit Line

Robert Owen Lehman Collection