The Resource Benin : royal art of Africa from the Museum für Völkerkunde, Vienna, Armand Duchâteau

Benin : royal art of Africa from the Museum für Völkerkunde, Vienna, Armand Duchâteau

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Benin : royal art of Africa from the Museum für Völkerkunde, Vienna
Title
Benin
Title remainder
royal art of Africa from the Museum für Völkerkunde, Vienna
Statement of responsibility
Armand Duchâteau
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  • eng
  • ger
  • eng
Summary
"The ancient kingdom of Benin lies in the tropical rain forest of West Africa, in present-day Nigeria. During its classical age, from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century, it produced one of the continent's most glorious artistic legacies. To reflect the splendor of the royal court, the Oba (king) commissioned highly skilled artisans to create rare and beautiful works of cast brass and carved ivory. These included human and animal figures, relief plaques, elephant tusks, pendants, bracelets, life-size commemorative heads of Obas and queen mothers, and ceremonial objects to adorn the royal palace and the altars honoring Obas of the past. The exquisite brass heads were intended to function as objects celebrating ancestors, as war trophies, and as focal points for sacrificial ceremonies. This volume presents a superb selection of artifacts from the Museum für Völkerkunde in Vienna, home to one of the world's foremost collections of Benin art. Most of these artifacts were acquired at the end of the last century, when the influx of Benin objects into Europe after the destruction of Benin City caused a sensation among art experts and caught the interest of museum representatives and private collectors. Of the more than one hundred works reproduced here in full color, the majority have never been seen as a group in the U.S. Most celebrated are the cast brass sculptures--including the two figures of dwarfs--which have no parallel in sub-Saharan Africa. A history of the kingdom of Benin up to the British punitive expedition of 1897 provides insight into the politics and culture of one of Africa's greatest civilizations. Further chapters discuss the court hierarchy, the art of brasscasting, the art of Benin and its symbolism, and the history of the Benin Collection in Vienna. To interpret the rich symbolism in Benin art, the book furnishes detailed analyses of the works that are reproduced. In his description of myths and ritual observances, the author presents a fascinating cosmology, in which animals were assigned magical and medicinal powers, and the Oba was seen as an intermediary between the earth and the world of spirits." -- Publisher's description
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DLC
Dewey number
730/.09669/307473
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Language note
Text in English translated from the German
LC call number
N7399.D3
LC item number
D813 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
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Benin : royal art of Africa from the Museum für Völkerkunde, Vienna, Armand Duchâteau
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Benin : royal art of Africa from the Museum für Völkerkunde, Vienna, Armand Duchâteau
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Note
Exhibition held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Feb. 20-April 3, 1994; Cleveland Museum of Art, May 3-July 21, 1994; Baltimore Museum of Art, Sept. 7-Oct. 30, 1994; Seattle Art Museum, Dec. 17, 1994-Feb. 12, 1995
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The History of the Kingdom of Benin -- The Court Hierarchy -- The Art of Brasscasting -- The Art of Benin and Its Symbolism -- The History of the Benin Collection in Vienna
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ocm28722474
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Dimensions
30 cm
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Extent
135 pages
Isbn
9783791313689
Lccn
93033986
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)28722474

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