Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Benin City, Nigeria, February 13, 2019

The first of two sights mentionned in Lying Planet in Benin City is the Brass Caster's Street which is half a block of shops selling brass works.  I didn't see an artist, in fact the objects looked like they came out of moulds and were very tacky- 





The second thing to do here is visit the National Museum.  It's three floors of original brass figures andphotographs of those stolen by the British, with explanations for some.  Unfortunately it was too dark for me to see very well and it wasn't until we were finished that the lights came on and it looked like a different place.  By this time I'd had enough so came back to the hotel.  Pictures weren't allowed as per usual but as per usual, I still took a few-



Masks are usually wooden and used for masquerades to protect, beautify and conceal.  I would like to be at a festival and see people wearing them-


Cool costumes are also worn during masquerades-


Gods of fertility-



A few of us went to a Chinese restaurant for supper.  I'm not wild about Chinese food but my beef and black bean dish was the best meal I've had in the last three and a half months!
We have a 7 am start tomorrow as we make our way to Calabar.

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