Omada Art at the Crossroads of Colonialisms

Paula Ben-Amos Girshick

in Images and Empires

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780520229488
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927292 | DOI:
Omada Art at the Crossroads of Colonialisms

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This chapter explores the history and conditions of Omada art at the crossroads of different colonialisms. It focuses on the court art of the Edo Kingdom of Benin in present-day Nigeria during the last half of the nineteenth century, a period of historical transition when that kingdom, an imperial power in its own right, fell to British colonial domination. It investigates the artistic implications of the transition from colonizer to colonized and outlines the artistic contexts in which the issues of colonial power and identity were explored.

Keywords: Omada art; colonialisms; Edo Kingdom; Benin; Nigeria; court art; British colonial domination

Chapter.  7064 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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