Alkebulan; Ancient Africa

a collection of bronze sculptures inspired by ancient African tribes

For this collection, we looked to 'Alkebulan', which translates to ancient Africa, as our inspiration.

In Alkebulan, many craftsmen visualised the surroundings, people and animals they worshipped. The African ONI Queen was an important figure for the Yoruba people, just like the Benin Leopard was seen as a majestic and powerful creature.

These were depicted in figurines taking the shape of bronze sculptures. There are only a handful of traditional ONI heads and Benin leopards made at the time, and most original sculptures have now found a home in various museums across the globe.

For this collection, we looked to 'Alkebulan', which translates to ancient Africa, as our inspiration. In Alkebulan, many craftsmen visualised the surroundings, people and animals they worshipped. The African ONI Queen was an important figure for the Yoruba people, just like the Benin Leopard was seen as a majestic and powerful creature. These were depicted in figurines taking the shape of bronze sculptures. There are only a handful of traditional ONI heads and Benin leopards made at the time, and most original sculptures have now found a home in various museums across the globe.

For this collection, we looked to ‘Alkebulan’, which translates to ancient Africa, as our inspiration. In Alkebulan, many craftsmen visualised the surroundings, people and animals they worshipped. The African ONI Queen was an important figure for the Yoruba people, just like the Benin Leopard was seen as a majestic and powerful creature. These were depicted in figurines taking the shape of bronze sculptures. There are only a handful of traditional ONI heads and Benin leopards made at the time, and most original sculptures have now found a home in various museums across the globe.

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