ART 353 - The Social Life of Iyoba Pendant masks

ART 353 - The Social Life of Iyoba Pendant masks - August...

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August 30, 2011 The Social Life of Iyoba Pendant masks Benin City also known as Edo (which is the primary dialect) Eweka I becomes first King of Benin City who came from Ife o Benin Obas are descendents of a Divine King o Town Chiefs are extremely important – political close to the King The power of the Oba is represented by his compound o His costume is in the shape of an ant hill. Ant hills represent “fertility” o His hat represents his actual palace o Coral beads represent danger and are associated with the deity of the sea – association with oba and Olokun. He is able to harnass power o Ivory bracelets and ivory pendants – there are white and are associated with the chalk of rivers – balances the danger of red o Coral Beads + Ivory = balancing out, equal, calming o Pendants are worn on waist during special ceremonies. They were made by Esigie and are made of ivory. Only the Obas can wear the pendant masks The detail of the head is a representation of the coral crown His mother and war chief are the only ones who are allowed to wear the coral crowns. *sign of status The carved faces around the head represent the Portuguese. Esigie was schooled by the Portuguese and he traded with them…unlike
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This note was uploaded on 02/23/2012 for the course ART 353 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at UNC.

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