Eben sword, large and flat object with a distinctive ring handle, which was carried by chiefs on ceremonial occasions and stored on the ancestral altars.
The high point of the festival of Ugie Erha Oba is when the king, having been greeted by the leading chiefs with raised eben, himself dances with such a "sword" and touches the altar with its point.
Such objects were never used as weapons and had no cutting edge. Often they are decorated with piercings and openwork.
Occasionally, like the ada swords, they may incorporate European blades.
Benin has been a powerful state in West Africa since at least 13th century.
First contact with Europeans in the late 15th century.
However, as Western interests encroached on the area, in the late 19th, Benin increasingly depicted as a place of oppression and human sacrifice.
In 1897, a British punitive expedition took Benin City and sent the king, Oba Ovonramwen, into exile.
Many of the brass objects from Benin City fell to the troops and others were sold abroad to defray the costs of the expedition and compensate the victims.
Benin brasswork was totally unknown in the West as it had been confined almost entirely to the royal palace and it so confounded current ideas about Africa that some refused to believe that it could be of exclusively Benin origin.
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- Espada ceremonial
- Nombre de objeto indígena
- Región / país
- Reino de benin
- 2ª mitad siglo XIX
- Vintage - usado con señales de desgaste
- Se vende con soporte
- 87×20×0 cm