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Benin (Visions of Africa)

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The Benin kingdom of the Edo people flourished in West Africa between the 15th and 19th centuries. The latest volume in the highly regarded Visions of Africa series explores the remarkable court art of this powerful empire. Their unique bronzes and stunning ivory and wood carvings enjoyed a place in the royal palace grounds of Benin City until 1897, when the empire succumbed to British rule and the works were scattered around the globe. These works were essential elements in court rituals and representation, and are reassembled here for the first time. In this beautifully illustrated study of a fascinating chapter in African art history, a leading scholar introduces the complex history, iconography, and function of Benin royal art and discusses various approaches to its interpretation and stylistic development.

About the Author

Barbara Plankensteiner is curator of the Department of Subsaharan Africa at the Museum fur Volkerkunde in Vienna, and lecturer at the Institute of Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Vienna. She curated the international exhibition Benin: Kings and Rituals, held at the Art Institute of Chicago as well as in Vienna, Berlin, and Paris.

Product Details

ISBN:
9788874394104
Publisher:
5Continents
Subject:
General
Author:
Plankensteiner, Barbara
Subject:
African
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Visions of Africa
Publication Date:
20101101
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
64 full-color illustrations and 15 black
Pages:
136
Dimensions:
9.50 x 6.50 in
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

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