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Sculpture of a Royal Procession

MO 63.502
Sculpture of a Royal Procession
Jean Hountondji
ca. 1960
Dahomey, Africa
Brass, wood, copper, lead solder
30 7/8"
Sculpture of 33 cast brass figures mounted on wood depicting a royal procession. The king is carried by bearers under a canopy with musicians and attendants preceding and following him. The attendants carry an umbrella, flags, musical instruments, etc.
This sculpture was presented to President Kennedy by Louis Ignacio-Pinto, Dahomey Ambassador to the United States for President of Dahomey Hubert Maga during the good-will mission from Dahomey visit on June 15, 1962. The art of metal casting was not widespread in Africa but was practiced in a masterly way by the Benin people, the Ashanti, and the Abomey who made small figure groups cast in brass by the lost-wax technique. The lively movement of the simplified bodies exercised the considerable influence on contemporary sculpture.
Hubert Maga, President of Dahomey (1960-1963)
  • JFKSG-MO-1963-1027
  • JFKSG-MO-1963-491
  • JFKWHP-1962-06-15-E
Donated to the United States
JFKSG-MO-1963-502