An Ife torso of an Oba, oxidised bronze. The most famous exemplare we know from the Wunmonije compound (early to mid 16th century), which is now in the British Museum. We don´t know how the age of the Wunmonije compound is veryfied. But if it is based on an unpublished scientific test, the enclosed sculpure has round about the same age. A comparison of the patina shows that the exemplare in the British Museum is probably "restored" in the 1960/70th, a time where many Ife and Benin bronzes got a "new" surface in Western Museums. So they don´t have their original conditions anymore.
TL Test Kotalla, 520 years +/- 18 percent, at the end of the photosequence,
Frank Willett: Ife. Metropole afrikanischer Kunst, Bergisch Gladbach 1967, S. 37.; Wunmonije Compound, Ife, Museum für Ife-Altertümer, Ekpo Eyo, Frank Willett: Kunstschätze aus Alt-Nigeria, Mainz 1983, S. 104 William B. FAGG: Bildwerke aus Nigeria, München 1963, S. 38 Elsy Leuzinger: Die Kunst von Schwarz-Afrika, Recklinghausen 1972, S. 145, (a selection); Wolfgang Jaenicke, Video, Taking samples to analyze Ife and Benin Bronzes by Ralf Kotalla; Wolfgang Jaenicke, Der blinde Fleck der Provenienzforschung: Die Gegenwart
7.000 - 8.000,- Euro
A small guided tour of Ife and Benin bronzes
Height: 56 cm
photo: tribalartforum.com/ identification no.