|Inventory Item NAPT-00010
|UNIDENTIFIED Artist, Relief Sculpture, Carved Ebony on Three Legs, Benin, 18"
Date: Late 19th Century
Medium: Primitive Relief Sculpture
Materials: Carved Ebony
Markings: Images of the Cycle of Human Native Life
Dimensions: 18” high,
No, item stands upright on three (3) legs.
One of the three legs of the sculpture were repaired in 1953)
Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000010
Provenance: Neal Prince Trust u/a/d 10.18.1999
Mr. Neal Prince
Mr. Neal Prince and Mr. Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.¹
Provenance: Source documentation for the Fine Arts Appraisal for Herbert W. Hemphill, Jr., May 12, 1964, Page 4/13
is fully noted within Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. (a/k/a Bert) insurance policy executed by Neal Prince in 1964 and is filed with the Smithsonian Institute American Archives
Box 6, in Folders 13-18.
Benin was the site of
Dahomey, a prominent West African kingdom that rose in the 15th century. The territory
became a French Colony in 1872 and achieved independence on
1st August 1960, as the
Benin. A succession of
military governments ended in 1972 with the rise to power of Mathieu Kerekou and the establishment of a government base on
Marxist-Leninist principles. A move to representative government began in 1989. Two years later, free elections ushered in
former Prime Minister Nicephore Soglo as president, marking the first successful transfer of power in
a dictatorship to a democracy. Kerekou was returned to power by elections held in 1996 and 2001.
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