Art, Innovation, and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Benin

Art, Innovation, and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Benin

by Paula G. Ben-Amos


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"Benos-Amos opens for the reader richly detailed adn nuanced vistas into the intellectual and cultural history of one of the major kingdoms of precolonial West Africa." — African Studies Review

"The wealth of historiographic resources, the command of relevant literature, the ethnographic research and prudent use of oral traditions give this work a high degree of . . . intellectual excitement. . . . a landmark in the field." —Warren d'Azevedo

Making use of archival and oral resources in this extensively researched book, Paula Girshick Ben-Amos questions to what extent art operates as political strategy. How do objects acquire political meaning? How does the use of art enhance and embody power and authority?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253335036
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 08/22/1999
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,097,557
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Paula Girshick Ben-Amos is Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University. She is author of The Art of Benin and co-editor (with Arnold Rubin) of The Art of Power/The Power of Art: Essays in Benin Iconology.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
The Study of 18th-Century Benin Art
Kings and Chiefs in the 17th and 18th Centuries
Art and Innovation in the 18th Century
Obas Ewuakpe, Akenzua I and Eresoyen in 18th-Century Art and Tradition
Art as Political Strategy
Glossary of Names
Glossary of Terms

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