The role of Elephants in the socio-economic and political sphere of the ancient Benin Kingdom can never be overemphasized. The threshold can be traced to the Ogiso Dynasty. During Ogiso Ere’s reign about (16 A.D-66 A.D.) he established a camp and called it Oregbeni & lgbesanmwan Quarters in Benin. They carved tusk, wood & other objects for the Ogiso & the recent Obas. Ore-Ogbeni literally means “elephant killer’s ‘village”.
When the British invaded Benin Kingdom and carted away her priced artifacts in 1897, the arts of the ancient kingdom was exposed to the international community. Numerous objects including carved elephant tusks were stolen & eventually sold to the rest of the World. These arts ended up selling Benin to the world as one of the greatest artistic ethnic groups in the universe.
Looted Treasures: The Benin Elephant Tusk
Source: Great Benin Kingdom