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Bini/Edo people, Royal Court of the Oba of Benin Kingdom of Benin, northern Niger delta, Nigeria
Messenger figure first half of 19th century Place made: Nigeria
Creation Notes: Philip Dark in a personal communication to Douglas Newton (73/2585 f.16a) - there are 8 standing messenger figures known, probably dating from 1800-1850.
Materials & Technique: sculptures, ceremonial objects, "bronze" (brass) lost wax casting
Dimensions: 57.5 h x 16.7 w x 15.5 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1973
Accession No: NGA 73.185
Subject: African art
Provenance:
  • Lieutenant-General A Pitt-Rivers, late 19th century;
  • with Everett Rassiga, New York, from the late 1960s?;
  • from whom bought by the Australian National Gallery, February 1973