Collection: Benin Court Artist

18th- and 19th- century Benin court artists were known for their intricate carvings and skill at casting detailed metal sculptures. The Benin kingdom spans a long history from its earliest origins to the the 15th century arrival of Portuguese merchants that led to the kingdom's growing wealth from coastal trade. British forces invaded in 1897 and the monarchy was changed and reconfigured, altering the course of its history. The area which encompassed the Benin kingdom is located in present-day southwestern Nigeria.