Vintage BENIN Bronze Figurine 'Leopard Head Warrior'

I've tried researching this most unusual figurine without a great deal of success. As far as I can ascertain it is from the Kingdom of Benin in Africa made using the 'lost wax' process. The OBA, or King, had as his personal animal symbol the LEOPARD and this figurine appears to be a Warrior with the head of a Leopard.... although I've found nothing similar when searching Benin Bronze figures / figurines. This figure is solid bronze and is very heavy for its size...it is 9 .5" tall and around 4" to 5.5" in width. The Warrior has a Bow over his shoulder and has an arrow in one hand and he is holding a dachshund like dog in his hand. The figure is probably early 20th century I would think.

Item ID: 6110

$165 USD

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