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Pectoral with two officials

Edo peoples, Benin kingdom, Nigeria
16th–17th century
Artist Unidentified


Length x width: 31.1 x 28.6 cm (12 1/4 x 11 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

L-G 7.28.2012

Medium or Technique

Copper alloy

On View

Benin Kingdom Gallery (Gallery 172)


Africa and Oceania, Jewelry




16th/17th century, probably commissioned from the Igun Eronmwon, or royal brasscasters guild, by a member of the royal court of Benin. 1897, probably taken from the Royal Palace, Benin City, during the British military occupation of Benin. August 12, 1897, sold by Miss Eva Cutter (dealer), London for £ 15 to Lt. General 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. By 2011, Robert Owen Lehman, Rochester, NY; 2012, promised gift of Robert Owen Lehman to the MFA.

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