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Palace sculptures of Abomey : history told on walls

Author: Francesca Piqué; Leslie Rainer
Publisher: Los Angeles : Getty Conservation Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum, ©1999.
Series: Conservation and cultural heritage.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Republic of Benin in West Africa is home to more than forty ethnic groups, the largest of which is the Fon. In their capital city of Abomey, the rulers built a remarkable complex of palaces that became the center of the kingdom's political, social, and religious life. The palace walls were decorated with colorful low-relief sculptures, or bas-reliefs, which recount legends and battles and glorify the dynasty's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Piqué, Francesca, 1962-
Palace sculptures of Abomey.
Los Angeles : Getty Conservation Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum, ©1999
(OCoLC)691127878
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Francesca Piqué; Leslie Rainer
ISBN: 0892365692 9780892365692
OCLC Number: 41256437
Description: 116 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: The Kingdom of Dahomey --
Warrior Kings --
The Abomey Royal Palaces --
Bas-Relief Art --
Reading the Walls --
Conserving the Bas-Reliefs --
The Historic Museum of Abomey --
A Living Tradition.
Series Title: Conservation and cultural heritage.
Responsibility: Francesca Piqué and Leslie H. Rainer ; with contributions by Jérome C. Alladaye, Rachida de Souza- Ayari, Suzanne Preston Blier.
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"The Republic of Benin in West Africa is home to more than forty ethnic groups, the largest of which is the Fon. In their capital city of Abomey, the rulers built a remarkable complex of palaces that became the center of the kingdom's political, social, and religious life. The palace walls were decorated with colorful low-relief sculptures, or bas-reliefs, which recount legends and battles and glorify the dynasty's reign. In a society with no written language, these visual stories have perpetuated the history and myths of the Fon people." "Palace Sculptures of Abomey combines color photographs of the bas-reliefs with a lively history of Dahomey, complemented by rare historical images. As well as providing a vivid portrait of these narrative sculptures, the book details the collaborative efforts of the Benin Ministry of Culture and Communication and the Getty Conservation Institute to conserve the reliefs; describes the Historic Museum of Abomey, now housed in the palace compound; and discusses the continuing popularity of bas-reliefs in contemporary Beninois art."--Jacket.

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