Benin Plaques

Benin Plaques, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Edo peoples, Benin kingdom, Nigeria c. 1530-1570 (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston). Speakers: Dr. Kathryn Wysocki Gunsch, Teel Curator of African and Oceanic Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Dr. Beth Harris

How to impress your courtiers: a lesson from the Kingdom of Benin

Additional resources

Benin plaques at the MFA, Boston

Kathryn Wysocki Gunsch, The Benin Plaques A 16th Century Imperial Monument (Oxford: Routledge, 2018).

Benin plaque: the oba with Europeans on BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects

Peggy McGlone, “U.S. museums are trying to return hundreds of looted Benin treasures,” The Washington Post (May 12, 2022).

Cite this page as: Dr. Kathryn Wysocki Gunsch and Dr. Beth Harris, "Benin Plaques," in Smarthistory, December 1, 2018, accessed December 8, 2023,