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Introduction

Gore Charles

in Art, Performance and Ritual in Benin City

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780748633166
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652983 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633166.003.0001
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This book shifts the focus of attention from the world-famous royal art associated with the Edo kingdom, most notably ‘the Benin bronzes’, to the art traditions produced by the local Edo religion that underpins the legitimacy and power of kingship. It is a study of the art of urban contemporary shrines and the creative processes by which they are realised, visually and in performance. Fundamental to understanding these visual traditions is the need to relate the practices of this rich and complex Edo religion to the practices of art.

Keywords: Edo kingdom; kingship; art traditions; Edo religion; Benin bronzes

Chapter.  3827 words. 

Subjects: African Studies

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