Art, Innovation, and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Benin

Hardcover | August 22, 1999

byPaula 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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Art and politics normally go hand in hand -- and in 18th-century Benin, social and political turmoil led to some great artistic innovations. In Art, Innovation, and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Benin, Paula Girshick Ben-Amos examines how art operates as political strategy, how it acquires political meaning and how art enhances power....

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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 ...

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.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.85 inPublished:August 22, 1999Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253335035

ISBN - 13:9780253335036

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
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
Notes
Bibliography
Index

From Our Editors

Art and politics normally go hand in hand -- and in 18th-century Benin, social and political turmoil led to some great artistic innovations. In Art, Innovation, and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Benin, Paula Girshick Ben-Amos examines how art operates as political strategy, how it acquires political meaning and how art enhances power. Ben-Amos uses Benin’s situation to show how art can have a profound influence on politics.