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A plaque which decorated the palace of the Obas of Benin.
A plaque which decorated the palace of the Obas of Benin. Birds were important symbols in Benin royal culture because of a myth that Oba Esigie had a bird which foretold defeat in battle killed before embarking on a successful campaign. Country of Origin: Nigeria. Culture: Edo. Date/Period: possibly 17th C. Place of Origin: Benin City. Material Size: Brass. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive / Museum fur Volkerkunde, Berlin. Location: 09.