Asoro the Warrior, african mask, home decor, african art  
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Asoro the Warrior
    asoro warrior, african mask, home decor

Asoro was the sword bearer to King Oronramwen (the Oba of Benin) in 1897.  During the invasion by Britain there was a war that led to the Benin Massacre in 1897-1898.  Asoro, as a loyal subject to the Oba involved himself in the war single handedly taking on the British Army with a few men thru gorilla warfare.  Later he was captured, tried, condemned, and executed. 

He is a symbol of strength, courage, and patriotism.  In honor of his courage and the hope of emancipation he gave to the Benin people before his capture a monument of his statue was erected right in the center of Benin City at Ring-Road, close to the government secretariat.

This mask is one artists depiction of Asoro, who was also a great hunter. You will notice the nine charms sewn onto his garment.  Each of these charms would contain something designed to give him extra powers in battle.  It might be a piece of bone, a cola nut, or some other item with specific ability enhancing purpose.

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