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Benin Bronze Head

S/N:LP033

1950`s

  • £340.00
  • €370 Euro
  • $440 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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Bronze casting using the `lost wax` process has a centuries old tradition within the Benin culture. Beeswax is softened and modeled into form. This is then covered in clay, secured with wire and then baked until dry. The wax melts and a cast is left behind. A furnace is prepared in a hole in the earth, metal is melted then poured into the cast and then left to cool. The clay is broken and the casting is complete. Being hand made in this way means each piece is unique, a one-off.
It is my understanding that this head is a tribal piece made for the tourist market and dates from the 1950`s. The large hole in the back of the head is a result of the casting process. There are several other smaller holes on it which were probably imperfections within the original cast. This is a well modelled example with a serene form and life like size.

Dimensions: 

  • H: 33cm (12.99in)
  • W: 18cm (7.09in)
  • D: 24cm (9.45in)

Period: 

1950`s

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Lost Property represents the fine city of Norwich in the heart of East Anglia and has been trading there since 2010. For Lost Property, trading antiques and vintage is the fine line walked between artistry and commerce, feast or famine. It’s the bittersweet tug of wanting to hold onto something forever, but knowing you have to let it go. The Lost Property ‘eye’ focuses on the functional and the decorative with a rebellious slant towards the crude and imperfect.

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