Fragments of leopard altar figure

21.12.97.3

About this object

Partially melted fragment of a bronze leopard aquamanile, including the backlegs, abdomen and the top part of the front legs. The head and neck are missing and the tail is detached from the main fragment. Relief spots appear to be filled with a vitreous enamel.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Edo [Bini]
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Western Africa: Nigeria: Southern Nigeria: Benin City
  • Date made
    1897 before
  • Materials
    Copper Alloy; Glass enamel
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From F. Roth, 1897
  • Collector
    Felix Roth
  • Place collected
    Africa: Western Africa: Nigeria: Southern Nigeria: Benin City
  • Date collected
    1897
  • Measurements
  • Note
    This leopard aquamanile was damaged in the heat of the fire that consumed the Liverpool Museum after it was bombed in 1941. Said to have been "found" (sic) with 21.12.97.5 "on the altar of a dwelling house" in Benin by Dr F. Roth.
  • Related people
    Felix Roth ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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