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Art, Innovation, and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Benin

by Paula G. Ben-Amos

Art, Innovation, and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Benin Synopsis

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?

Art, Innovation, and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Benin Press Reviews

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

Book Information

ISBN: 9780253335036
Publication date: 22nd August 1999
Author: Paula G. Ben-Amos
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 192 pages
Categories: African history, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Man-made objects depicted in art (cityscapes, machines, etc), Theory of art, Anthropology, Art of indigenous peoples,

About Paula G. Ben-Amos

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.

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