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Dimensions: L:24in W:17.7in D:17.7in
These Benin Bronze Stools are a type of ceremonial furniture created by the Edo people of the Kingdom of Benin, located in present-day Nigeria. Benin Bronze Stools are typically made using the lost-wax casting technique, a complex and labor-intensive process that has been perfected by the Edo artisans over centuries. The stools are cast in bronze, which is an alloy of copper and tin, and sometimes adorned with intricate engravings and decorative elements. The stools feature a variety of motifs and designs, including human figures, animals, geometric patterns, and symbolic representations. Each stool is unique and carries its own symbolic meaning, often reflecting the status, power, or spiritual significance of the individual who commissioned it or the purpose for which it was created.
About the Tribe
The Edo tribe, also referred to as the Bini people (derived from Benin), can be found in Edo State in the south of Nigeria, although they can also be found spread across the Delta, Ondo and Rivers states. The Edo/Bini-speaking ethnic groups include the Esan, the Afemai, the Isoko, the Urhobo among others. They are the descendants of the people who founded the ancient and mighty Kingdom of Benin which was founded around the year 900, but it reached the height of its power in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries as a result of the conquests of new territories by two kings —Oba Ewuare and his son Oba Ozolua (Oba means “king”). The Obas of Benin amassed great wealth by controlling trade routes reaching from the river Niger in the East to the western border with the kingdom of Dahomey. In Benin City, craft workers were organised into groups known as guilds. There were guilds for wood carvers, ivory carvers, leather workers, blacksmiths and weavers. Most important of all was the brass casters’ guild. They were only allowed to work for the Oba (king). The name Benin was derived from “Ubinu” which was used to describe the capital of the kingdom. But was then mispronounced by the Portuguese as “Bini” and then further to Benin around 1485 when the Portuguese began trade relations with Oba Ewuare who was the traditional ruler at the time.
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