Benin Brass Ring

  • Tribe: Benin
  • Origin: Nigeria
  • Approx Age: Early - Mid 20th Century
  • Materials: Brass
  • Dimensions cm: 3.5 long x 2 diameter
  • Ref. Number: 0040

This lovely Benin brass ring was acquired from an old collection of a now deceased collector. He accumulated  his large collection whilst being posted in Nigeria during WW11  and for a many years after. This ring has an endearing charm and presence about it and shows signs of being worn and cherished.

Most of brass/bronze artifacts that have been produced by the Benin tribe would have been made using the lost wax process.

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Once an ancient method for creating bronze sculptures, lost wax casting jewelry (also called investment casting) originated around 2000 BC and has experienced resurgence in the 20th century. The process for lost wax jewelry casting involves pouring molten metal into a hand-crafted mold and then breaking the mold to reveal the finished product.

Just like a piece of jewellery reflects the wearer’s unique and personal style, it’s chosen manufacturing method is intended to produce a desired signature style. As within most African tribes jewellery is a well used to adorned and show position of wealth and nobility.