Art, Innovation, and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Benin by Paula G. Ben-amosArt, Innovation, and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Benin by Paula G. Ben-amos

Art, Innovation, and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Benin

byPaula G. Ben-amos

Hardcover | August 22, 1999

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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?

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.
Title:Art, Innovation, and Politics in Eighteenth-Century BeninFormat:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.85 inPublished:August 22, 1999Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253335035

ISBN - 13:9780253335036


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

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.