24 February 2007

Iyase Ekpenade

He looks mean and he probably was. It's a detail of another one of those bronze plaques of the Horniman Museum that once adorned the pillars of the courtyard of the Royal Palace of the Kings of Benin.
This one depicts Ekpenade, the Commander in Chief (Iyase) of the army of Benin between 1570 and 1578.

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