Kingdom of Benin, Edo people, Nigeria

Late 18th to early 19th Century


Possibly from the top of a container “Iru”,  this wonderful leopard is made of copper alloy (bronze)


According to Jay C Leff (note) it dates from the late 18th to early 19th century.


Provenance: Possibly Charles Ratton (1895-­‐1986) Paris, France (inv. # 3524 under the base), Jay C Leff (1925-­‐2000) Uniontown, PA until 1962, Arthur A Cohen (1928-­‐1986) and Elaine Lustig Cohen (1927-­‐2016) NY, NY, Family member by descent until 2018.


Exhibited and Published : “Exotic Art from Ancient and Primitive Civilizations, Collection of Jay C. Leff”, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, October 1959-­‐January 1960. Published in above exhibition’s catalogue but not illustrated, #309.

H 13,5 cm (5 1/3 inches) / L 17,5 cm (6  3/4 inches)

Price : On request enquiry