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African Art

Depiction of a Ceremonial Procession

20th century


10 1/2 × 19 × 10 in. (26.67 × 48.26 × 25.4 cm)
Gift of Jay M. Haft, B.A. 1956, J.D. 1959
Fon brass tableaux were originally made exclusively for the court of the divine ruler of the kingdom. In recent years, artists have developed new forms such as the one seen here and made them available to a wider clientele. This tableau depicts a royal procession with retainers carrying umbrellas, stools, trumpets and drums. At the center is a mounted figure of a king, possibly King Wegbaja (1645–85) whose symbol, the fish, is depicted on the scepter carried by an attendant near the front and to the left in the procession.
Republic of Benin
20th century

Gift of Jay M. Haft to Yale University Art Gallery, 1981

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