These beautiful hand carved wooden cats are inspired in the famous bronze leopards from the Benin Kingdom. Among animal depictions in Benin art the leopard appears most frequently. As “king of the forest” his reputation is as great as that of the Oba, or king. The leopard symbolized the Oba’s authority, the loyalty of his subjects, and high status. The leopard is heralded for the balance between his strength and his reserve and moderation as a leader. The leopard symbolizes the complete harmony between two compelling forces – the menacing and the moderating.
Made In: Ghana