|This brass plaque shows the Oba (ruler) of Benin surrounded by his
attendants, two of whom are holding up their shields in a formal protective
stance. Only the Oba was allowed to be shaded in this way within the
city. There are over 900 of these plaques in various British museums,
collected during the British Punitive Expedition in 1897.
British Museum RES 2590A (16th century)
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