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Royal art of Benin : the Perls collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Author: Kate Ezra; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art : Distributed by H.N. Abrams, ©1992.
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For more than 500 years, the artists of the West African kingdom of Benin created objects in brass, ivory, terracotta, and wood for use in divine kingship rituals, to adorn the royal palaces, and to identify the king, chiefs, warriors, and other officials at court. This volume presents a recent gift to The Metropolitan Museum of Art of over 150 works of Benin sculpture, making the Museum's collection of sixteenth-
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Ezra, Kate.
Royal art of Benin.
New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art : Distributed by H.N. Abrams, ©1992
(OCoLC)646305547
Named Person: Klaus Perls; Klaus Perls
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kate Ezra; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
ISBN: 0870996320 9780870996320 0870996339 9780870996337 0810964147 9780810964143
OCLC Number: 24589727
Description: xiii, 330 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Contents: Foreword / Philippe de Montebello --
Preface / Klaus G. Perls --
Benin Altars. Heads of Kings. Queen Mother Heads. Terracotta Heads. Royal Altar Tusks. Figures. Altar Tableaus. Roosters. Rattle-Staffs. Bells. Altar Rings. Altars to the Hand --
Palace Plaques. Palace Plaques --
Court and Ceremonial Objects. Pectorals, Hip Ornaments, and Waist Pendants. Bracelets. Staffs of Office. Hand-held Clappers. Ivory Trumpets. Healing and Divining Instruments. Brass Vessels and Implements. Ivory Containers and Implements. Wood Boxes and Coconut-shell Containers. Stools and Chairs --
Art of Yoruba Kingdoms. Owo. Ijebu.
Responsibility: Kate Ezra.

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For more than 500 years, the artists of the West African kingdom of Benin created objects in brass, ivory, terracotta, and wood for use in divine kingship rituals, to adorn the royal palaces, and to identify the king, chiefs, warriors, and other officials at court. This volume presents a recent gift to The Metropolitan Museum of Art of over 150 works of Benin sculpture, making the Museum's collection of sixteenth- to nineteenth-century Benin art one of the most.

Comprehensive in the world. Among the objects--many reproduced in full color--are brass heads depicting past kings and queen mothers, free-standing brass figures, exquisite plaques, insignia of office, cast brass and carved ivory bracelets, carved elephant tusks, personal ornaments, musical instruments, court furnishings, and more. Black-and-white and color photographs of related objects and actual ceremonies help place the collection within its cultural and historical.

Context. An introduction provides background on the history, art, and culture of Benin, and the illustrations are accompanied by expert commentary that summarizes the latest research on Benin art. A special section is devoted to the brass and ivory arts of the nearby Yoruba kingdoms of Owo and Ijebu, which were heavily influenced by Benin.

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