The Oba of Benin

For the classroom

Oba of Benin


Brass plaque showing the Oba shaded by attendants.

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Queen Mother


Brass head of a Queen Mother.

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Focus on two plaques


BBC Primary History focusing on two plaques including this one.

bbc.co.uk http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/worldhistory/benin_bronze/

Lost Kingdoms of Africa


Art historian Gus Casely-Hayford in the BBC’s Lost Kingdoms of Africa. The sequence on Benin ends at 17:30.

youtube.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QW_kaUuUg8Y

European response to the plaques


A short extract from the same programme focusing on the European response to the plaques.

bbc.co.uk http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00660fb

The palace plaque


You can explore the palace plaque on this British Museum website. After the opening sequence, click on the globe and select Benin.

Ancient Civilisations http://ancientcivilizations.co.uk/home_set.html

Outside the classroom

Here are some relevant museums and sites to visit.

Manchester Museum

Source: museum.manchestemuseum.manchester.ac.uk

Visit the site http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk

The Horniman Museum, London

Source: horniman.ac.uk

Visit the site http://www.horniman.ac.uk/

The Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford

Source: prm.ox.ac.uk

Visit the site http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/

Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow

Source: glasgowlife.org.uk

Visit the site http://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/kelvingrove/Pages/default.aspx

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

Source: rammuseum.org.uk

Visit the site http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/

British Museum

Source: britishmuseum.org

Visit the site www.britishmuseum.org

The Oba of Benin