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Palace Sculptures of Abomey: History Told on Walls (Conservation and Cultural Heritage)

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The Fon, who are the largest ethnic group in the Republic of Benin in West Africa, established the powerful kingdom of Dahomey in the early seventeenth century. In their capital city of Abomey, they built a remarkable complex of palaces, featuring walls decorated with colorful low-relief sculptures, or bas-reliefs, which recount legends and battles and glorify the history of their royal dynasty's reign. Over the centuries, these visual stories have represented and perpetuated the history and myths of the Fon people.

Palace Sculptures of Abomey combines lavish color photographs of the bas-reliefs with a lively history of the Dahomey kingdom, complemented by period drawings, rare historical photographs, and colorful textile art. The book provides a vivid portrait of these exceptional narrative sculptures and the equally remarkable people who crafted them. Also included is a discussion of the continuing popularity of bas-reliefs in contemporary West African art, a reading of the stories on the walls, and details of the four-year collaboration between the Benin Ministry of Culture and Communications and the Getty Conservation Institute to conserve the bas-reliefs of Abomey.

Synopsis:

In an accessible format, this series provides an in-depth exploration of the significance and conservation of important cultural sites throughout the world.<P>Combines lavish color photographs of the bas-reliefs in Abomey with a lively history of the Dahomey kingdom, complemented by period drawings, rare historical photographs, and colorful textile art.

About the Author

Francesca Piqu� is a conservation specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute. Leslie Rainer is a conservation consultant.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780892365692
Author:
Pique, Francesca
Author:
Rainer, Leslie
Author:
null, Francesca
Author:
Piqu?, Francesca
Author:
Piqu, Francesca
Author:
Piqu�, Francesca
Author:
null, Leslie
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Location:
Los Angeles :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Art
Subject:
African
Subject:
Sculpture
Subject:
Palaces
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
Architecture | History | Non-Western
Subject:
Art and Architecture | History | Non-Western
Subject:
Sculpture & Installation
Subject:
Bas-relief - Benin - Abomey
Subject:
Palaces - Benin - Abomey
Subject:
Art & Architecture | History | Non-Western
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Conservation and Cultural Heritage Series
Series Volume:
4546
Publication Date:
20000331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
158
Pages:
120
Dimensions:
9.9 x 8 x 0.4 in

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"Synopsis" by , In an accessible format, this series provides an in-depth exploration of the significance and conservation of important cultural sites throughout the world.<P>Combines lavish color photographs of the bas-reliefs in Abomey with a lively history of the Dahomey kingdom, complemented by period drawings, rare historical photographs, and colorful textile art.
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