Benin Lidded Bowl
Republic of Benin
Oba Adolo, King of Benin (ruled 1848-1888) ?
Oba Ovonramwen, King of Benin (ruled 1888-1897)
Cyril Punch, Esq.(Explorer), London, United Kingdom
Jean-Pierre Hallet (1927 – 2004)
This wooden Benin bowl, covered with ornamented brass sheet bands is a hollow dish with a removable cover to keep and serve food, or portions of cooked meat from animals sacrificed during palace rituals. It could also have been used for the presentation of its during court ceremonies. With its elaborate decoration it elevated the value of the gifts it contained. Benin court etiquette called for elaborate containers for things other than liquids, suck a Kola nuts, which were distributed in rituals and offered to guests to show hospitality.