The Royal Leopard

Updated: Jul 11, 2021

If you can't have a pet leopard this is the next best thing. The Oba's (Benin royalty) would domesticate leopards to demonstrate their mastery over the wilderness,and many of the famous Benin bronzes include leopard motifs. This particular piece is an aquamanile, which is a jug that holds water for washing the Oba's hands for the Ugie Erha Oba, a ceremony that honors his deceased father. Come in and check it out before it leaves on June 19th!

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