Pair of Large Leopards
Leopards are the symbol of the Benin King. They are revered for their stealth, beauty, prowess, and ability to see in the dark. The Benin King is referred to as "The Leopard of the House," and they are kepts as pets within the palace walls. Each year, the King and members of the royal court travel through the Kingdom with several leopards. This procession demonstrates the King's dominance over both the natural and spirit worlds, as well as allowing the Kingdom to witness a magnificent royal parade. This particular set of Benin leopards is a spectacular example of lost wax bronze casting.