Over the centuries, African sculpture has been marked by the human form, which symbolizes both the living and the dead. The spirits of the chiefs, drummers, hunters and dancers in a three-dimensional, abstract manner.
In some societies, these great ethenic artsculptures can also be the anthropomorphic representations of God. However, the bronze sculptures of the 14th century Benin are unique, not only in individual style, but also because the area of the bronze artifacts that were shed by the early artists were not limited to the human form.
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Demanding and realistic bronze busts of the brass plaques, ruling monarchy and huge bronze reliefs were cast as an attractive and durable palace decor.
But viable material effectively changed the timely discovery of bronze as hard, though the course of human history. Intelligent man, a lethal alloy was produced by mixing copper, tin, lead and other metals into a virtually indestructible material.
The Benin bronzes – precursor to major European plants
The Benin Bronze craftsmen were the precursors of a number of important artists who worked with bronze, including Auguste Rodin, which created The Thinker, Donatello and his bare bronze of David and Benvenuto Cellini, whose gruesome bronze, Perseus with the head of Medusa’ grace a piazza in Florence.
Famous international sculptures cover all genres and eras and materials include the Terracotta Army of Qin Dynasty, Michelangelo La Pieta ‘, Henry Moore, Reclining Figure and Pablo Picasso nameless public sculpture.