The Annual William Fagg Lecture
The Lower Niger Bronze Industries: centres and edges

Friday 25 October 2013,

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Over fifty years ago William Fagg proposed the term ‘Lower Niger Bronze Industry’ to distinguish copper alloy objects from Nigeria which didn’t fit within the well-known centres of casting in Benin City and Ife.

The exemplar piece for Fagg was ‘the hunter’, a figure whose imaginative quality and free composition are in strong contrast with the more formal and prescribed traditions of Benin City.

Philip M Peek, Drew University, is undertaking a systematic study of the hundreds of diverse sculptures that are now attributed to this grouping. In this lecture he presents a tantalising glimpse into his initial findings.

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Bronze figure of a huntsman, Nigeria, Possibly 16-18th century