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Summary

From September 28, 1987 to February 28, 1988, the National Museum of African Art had a gallery display of 21 objects from the Royal Benin Art permanent collection, ranging in date from the 16th to the 19th centuries. The objects were executed by the lost wax casting technique, include wall plaques, altar pieces, and regalia. The majority of these works were a gift of Joseph Hirshhorn to the Smithsonian. Included are a royal commemorative head and a pendant with a triadic figure group from the 16th to 17th century cast in the court style by the Edo people.

Subject

  • Hirshhorn, Joseph H
  • National Museum of African Art (U.S.)
  • Royal Benin Art in the Collection of the National Museum of African Art (Exhibition) (1987-1988: National Museum of African Art )

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

"Royal Benin Art in the Collection of the National Museum of African Art," Smithsonian Exhibition Catalogue, September 28, 1987 - February 28, 1988, http://www.si.edu/Exhibitions/Details/Royal-Benin-Art-in-the-Collection-of-the-National-Museum-of-African-Art-1211.

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

September 28, 1987 to February 28, 1988

Topic

  • Artifacts
  • Exhibition catalogs
  • Decoration and ornament
  • Sculpture
  • Ethnology
  • Exhibitions
  • Jewelry
  • Decorative arts

Place

  • Benin
  • Nigeria

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