• African Lion Wood Sculpture Hand Carved
• Eco-Friendly: carved from natural and sustainable wood
• Condition: New
• Colour: Brown mix with black
• Height: 15cm
• Length: 34cm
• Weight: approx. 1.4kg
Would suit any traditional or contemporary room setting.
Would be an ideal gift for a family member or friend on any occasion.
Or simply as a great quality gift for yourself.
A brief history of Benin Arts and Crafts
- Long before Nigeria was a country or the continent was called Africa, the Benin Empire stood tall in it’s glory and wealth.
- Benin City was renowned for it’s arts and culture, producing arguably the finest art of sub-Saharan Africa.
- In 1555, after the loss of his beloved mother, Queen Mother Idia, Oba Esigia commissioned royal carvers at the Palace to create a bronze piece that would live on forever in her place, putting the Benin arts in the spotlight.
- For centuries, Benin produced a plethora of bronze art and carvings, depicting exploits and narratives that would make it the cynosure of global attention.
- In 1897, when Benin was invaded by the British Naval forces, the priceless artworks were looted and taken to be displayed in cultural institutions around the world. The British museum holds around 700 Benin objects, the greatest of which is a brass head of a queen and an ivory pendant mask
If this is left outside it will crack and split/discolour due to the seasons /rain
The larger the wood carving the more chance or splitting. The timber is kiln dried before carving to around 12% moisture content. But like an antique piece of furniture or an unsealed wooden door the timber will contracts and expand dependent on season or environment it’s kept in.
A hot centrally heated dry house may shrink the wood and cause it to crack- a damp cold environment may cause it to expand. Left in direct sunlight or behind a window may cause it to fade or split if temperature increases.
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