In the late fifteenth century, the Kingdom of Benin (located in present-day southwestern Nigeria) established a mercantile relationship with Portugal, significantly increasing its wealth and might. Benin became a regional powerhouse and under a long lineage of divine rulers, or obas, it wielded great economic and political influence. The obas also supported guilds of artists, chief among them brass casters and ivory carvers, whom they employed to produce objects that honoured royal ancestors, recorded history, and glorified life at court. The sophisticated creations of Benin's royal artists stand among the greatest works of African art.This stunning book features a selection of Benin's extraordinary artworks that range from finely cast bronze figures, altar heads, and wall plaques to ivory tusks, pendants and arm cuffs embellished in detailed bas relief. An insightful essay outlines the kingdom's history and sheds light on these masterworks by describing their production and function in the context of the royal court.
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Descrizione libro Art Institute of Chicago, 2008. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110300136773
Descrizione libro Art Institute of Chicago, 2008. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0300136773
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Codice libro della libreria 97803001367771.0