Tada

A group of nine bronze sculptures had for a long time been known to exist in two villages on the River Niger, at Tada and on Jebba Island.

The bronzes are refered to as the Tsoede bronzes because oral tradition has it that the founder of the Nupe Kingdom, King Tsoede, who escaped from Idah in a bronze canoe distributed these bronzes on his way to founding the present Nupe Kingdom, which is believed to date from the 16th century.

Tada bronzes are mainly male and female. The male figure are believed to bear resemblance to Benin works because of the diadems on their foreheads, a common feature in Benin works. They also have seated figures, bow man, ostriches and elephant.


Tada ≈ 1400 AD