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Leopard Aquamanile
18th Century

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Creator Nationality: African; West African; Benin
Creator Role: Sculptor
Creator Name-CRT: Benin
Title: Leopard Aquamanile
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1700
Creation End Date: 1799
Creation Date: 18th Century
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Bronze
Materials and Techniques: bronze
Dimensions: H.17 x L.26 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 58.9
Credit Line: Miscellaneous Works of Art Fund

An aquamanile is an animal shaped vessel used in handwashing ceremonies. Leopards are an important symbol of the Oba or King who traces his ancestry back to Oba Ewuare the Great who reigned in the mid-1400's. His special symbol was the leopard and he is also credited with the introduction of these bronze vessels which are used only by the Oba in a ritual honoring his paternal ancestors.

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Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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