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Uhunmwun Elao (Ancestral Memorial Head)

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Unlike the copper alloy heads cast for Oba and Iyoba ancestors, terracotta heads (uhunmwun elao) are created to commemorate deceased, brass-casters of the Edo kingdom.

After the death of a caster, a large altar (a...


Uhunmwun Elao (Ancestral Memorial Head)

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Unlike the copper alloy heads cast for Oba and Iyoba ancestors, wooden heads (uhunmwun elao) are created to commemorate deceased, high ranking male chiefs of the Edo.

After a chief’s death, a large altar (a...


Uhunmwun Elao (Ancestral Memorial Head)

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Placed next to the aseberia (altar tableau) on the Iyoba’s (queen mother’s) royal ancestor altar, in the palace of the ruling Oba (king), these heads (uhunmwun elao meaning ‘ancestral memorial head’) are...


Uhunmwun Elao (Ancestral Memorial Head)

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The first task of any new king (Oba) of Benin City is to create an altar dedicated to his deceased father who reigned before him. The altar (a semi-circular mud platform onto which altar objects are placed) is used to honour...