Where does the word Benin originate?
Oranmiyan was a prince who lived in the 13th century. According to the legend, it was this warrior prince who arrived from the ancient Yoruba capital Ife. He was the founder of the second (and current) dynasty of Benin. The root of the word Benin comes from the word prince Oranmiyan used for his new place - ibini.
Bronze cast figures of warriors and dignitaries decorated Benin palace. This bronze figure is made in the tradition and using the methods and attributes of the Benin casting.
The spear and a bow and features of this Benin warrior are done with great attention to detail.
This Benin warrior graced Yuri Raskin's private collection for many years.
It is also at our museum site in the center of the second row.