- Museum number
Aquamanile; lost-wax cast in brass. In form of standing leopard with small hinged lid in its head; spots shown as plain circles on clotted background.
- Production date
- 16thC - 19thC
Height: 31 centimetres
Weight: 6.20 kilograms
Width: 11 centimetres
Depth: 31.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Register 1949:
Bronze cast figure of a leopard with small hinged lid in its head, & spots shown as plain circles on clotted background.
Collected by Capt. (Later Adml Sir) Walter Cowan, of HMS Forte on the BENIN Expedition, 1897 & given by him to Mr Goolden, then a midshipman on the Forte.
Register 1949 later addition [inserted between "1897 and given by him" and "to Mr Goolden, then a..."]:
- On display (G25/dc7)
- Exhibition history
1970-1973, London, Museum of Mankind, Divine Kingship in Africa
1977 London, BM, Animals in Art
1991 Feb-Apr, Norwich, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Man and Metal in Ancient Nigeria
2004 Jun-Aug, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Centro Cultural de la Fundacio 'la Caixa', Africa: The Invention of the Human Body
2004 Sep-Oct, Tarragona, Spain, Centro Social y Cultural de la Fundacio 'la Caixa', Africa: The Invention of the Human Body
2004-2005 Nov-Jan, Valencia, Spain, Sala de exposiciones l'Almondi, Africa: The Invention of the Human Body
2005 Feb-Apr, Zaragoza, Spain, La Lonja, Africa: The Invention of the Human Body
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Looted from the royal palace in Benin City during the British Expedition in 1897.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number