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The Kingdom of Benin was founded about 1000 years ago, and was situated in the south-west of Nigeria in Africa.

Benin grew in power and wealth during the 15th and 16th centuries. The British Museum has a number of objects from this time, including some of the plaques which decorated the royal palace, home to the oba (ruler) of Benin.

This resource helps teachers plan a visit to the Benin section of the Africa gallery, and includes activities for before, during and after a visit.


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Image: Benin plaque: the oba with Europeans. Benin, Nigeria, Edo peoples, 16th century AD.