- Museum number
- Object: La Bouche du Roi
Part of an artwork in the form of a ship, based on the print of the Liverpool slave ship 'The Brookes'.
Mask made from a black plastic petrol can topped by a conical head piece embellished with circular and rectangular sections of yellow plastic. Thin strip of white metal with circular disk in middle attached to handle of the petrol can.
- Production date
Height: 49.50 centimetres
Width: 35 centimetres
Depth: 13.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This mask represents the king of Benin wearing his distinctive headdress and silver nose ornament. It is one of 304 masks which form part of the multi-media artwork 'La Bouche du Roi'.The formal structure of the artwork is based on the print of the Liverpool slave ship the Brookes which was commissioned in 1789 by the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade.
The scales represent the balance of blame between European traders and some African rulers for the slave trade and its legacy.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2007 22 Mar-13 May, BM
2007 2 Jun-15 Jul, Hull, Ferens Art Gallery
2007 4 Aug-2 Sept, Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum
2007 15 Sept-28 Oct, Bristol's City Museum & Art Gallery
2007-8 10 Nov-3 Feb, Newcastle, Laing Art Gallery
2008-9 5 Dec-1 Mar, London, Horniman Museum
2009 3 Apr-31 May, Coventry, The Herbert
2021 12 Feb-29 Aug, Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, Slavery
- Associated titles
Associated Title: "Description of a Slave ship"; print of the Liverpool slave ship the Brookes commissioned by the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade in 1789.
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number