Edo peoples, Kingdom of Benin, Nigeria
Commemorative Head of an Oba
Middle Period, 1600–1700
An oba is a Nigerian king, considered divine while alive. This sculpture’s beaded cap, scarification above the eyes, and aloof expression reinforce the oba’s powerful status.
Like this oba, you are a leader and a powerful force. You do not worry yourself with petty concerns. Rather, you make decisions quickly and confidently. Your seriousness is often mistaken with shyness, but your close friends and family—only a select few know you well—know otherwise.