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Art History and Artefact

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/9780748633166.003.0009
Art History and Artefact

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This chapter looks at various contributions to a history of art. It uses Ryder's conceptual distinctions of the field material available to researchers to explore some of the assumptions upon which research has been based. The chapter broadens this examination to look at various contributions to the art history of the Edo-speaking area, arguing that limitations inherent in theoretical models developed in relation to Benin have become underlying and uncritical assumptions in many studies of Edo society and its art history. The chapter concludes by suggesting that a deeper understanding of the Edo-speaking area will have to explore regional and local histories, to further an understanding of the region and to gain a deeper insight into the historical processes at the urban centre of Benin City. It is by these means that the local and regional art histories can be developed.

Keywords: art history; Edo society; Benin City; historical processes; regional art

Chapter.  11313 words. 

Subjects: African Studies

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