Benin Kingdom Leadership Regalia

by Kathy Curnow
Cleveland State University

Memorial sculpture, Benin KingdomNigeria, 1994. Photo by Kathy Curnow.


The procession passes through King's Square before entering the palace gate.  King's Square (actually a circular road) houses the Benin Museum, and is flanked by commercial and governmental buildings.  Its numerous cement sculptures are part of a 1980s Nigerian urban beautification scheme; Benin was a very active participant in the project.