Home Page

The Benin Bronzes

The story of the Benin bronzes | History - Lost Lands

The Benin civilisation is famous for its bronzes.

A young boy, Ibi, tells us how they are made using the 'lost wax' process, and why bronze was so important at the time.

The people of Benin traded as far away as India and throughout the whole of Africa.

When the Portuguese arrived in the late 15th century, they began trading with Europe.

The Benin civilisation was one of the largest cities in Africa. Each trade had its own district - there was even a storytellers' district!