Pair of Nigerian Bronze Leopards
This stunning, sacred, antique ceremonial bronze statuary from Benin is simply sublime - and a set of the more important and rare objects within the Casa Berbere curation.
Leopards were revered in Benin, and featured famously throughout the art of the kingdom. Although hundreds of years old, this remarkable set of bronze leopards is in near pristine condition, with each leopard standing 35" high, measuring 28" long and with a width of 7".
A set of leopards like this one would have had a primarily ceremonial use. They originally would have been water vessels, with liquid dispensed from the mouths while the tail was used as a handle. They are objects of real substance, weighing nearly 80 pounds each. Moreover, they carry with them an inimitable magic - a relic of modern-day Nigeria's extraordinary past and astounding artistry.
Displayed in a grand living room or in an intimate salon, this set of Benin bronze leopards lends an air of grandeur, importance, and elegance to any environment.