Kathryn Wysocki Gunsch is the Teel Curator of African and Oceanic Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Mounted ruler (16th century), Edo peoples, Benin kingdom, Nigeria.

The Benin Bronzes are not just virtuoso works of art – they record the kingdom’s history

Benin City will soon have a permanent display of its court bronzes for the first time in over a century. What makes these artworks so extraordinary?