Art and Rule in the Benin Kingdom
by Barbara W. Blackmun
Professor Emeritus, San Diego Mesa College
Here the brass figure of an elder and a small bust of the Oba have been removed from their clay molds, and are being filed to a smooth finish. Filing is a modern addition to the process, as the art produced by the earlier brasscasters was so precise that it was never touched with a file. Nevertheless, many of Benin’s contemporary craftsmen produce work that is worthy of their ancient reputation.