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The Royal Arts of Africa: The Majesty of Form
Synopses & Reviews
This is a revealing look at the rich artistic traditions of the Benin, Yoruba, Cameroon, and other great African kingdoms by one of the world's leading scholars. Suzanne Blier treats the arts of these royal African cultures in light of the most up-to-date scholarship, placing them Afrocentrically, in the context of wider cultural, social, artistic, and religious traditions.
Book News Annotation:
Illustrated with over 200 black & white and color photographs and illustrations, this book examines the arts associated with royal practices in the Benin, Yoruba, Dahomey, Asante, Kongo, and Kuba kingdoms, as well as others which flourished in the years just before and after European contact. Using a structure detailing each kingdom as a specific unity, the author compares works against the generic exemplar, emphasizes the significance of palace and architectural decoration alongside sculpture and textiles, looks at the work of particular individuals, and focuses on the broader social and political circumstances leading to the creation of the works.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-265) and index.
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