Republic of Benin
Amongst the Fon, brass is considered a semi-precious metal. Before 1900, brass smiths were exclusively patronised by the Royal Court. Since then, freed from this royal monopoly, brass smiths produced figurines and tableaux for wealthy clients as prestige objects. Subjects include figures engaged in domestic and agricultural activities, hunters and animals.
Cf. Frank Willett, African Art, 1971, p. 165-6 and fig. 157; also Elsy Leuzinger, Kunst Der Negervolker, 1959, p.101 and fig. 59.