Study Guide for Art History 6E Midterm: All African Art

Study Guide for Art History 6E Midterm: All African Art -...

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Study Guide and “talking points” for Art History 6E Midterm Yoruba In area now known as Nigeria Oba (king) Royal, beaded regalia conveys an image of majesty, power, wealthy and beauty. The tall conical shapes of the royal beaded crowns give visual prominence to the head, with respect to thte central place of the ehad in Yoruba ideas of destini (ori), spiritual power (ase), character (iwa), and beauty (ewa). The face on the crown refers to either the kingdom or province’s first rule, Ife’s fouders, Odudua or Obalufon. These faces also allude to destiny (ori) in relation to Yoruba kingly authority.] Obalufon – god of beadworking, weaving, and coronations - beads carry ritual potency in Yoruba art. A packet of potent medicinal plants and other materials is placed in the crown’s peak by a diviner to empower the crown and tbe kin. The king is granted divinity through the crown. If king was instructed to remove crown by kingmakers, suggests he has lost his authority and will soon die. The act of looking into the crown was a symbol of the fact that the king should commint suicide if his reigh fails. Africa, Nigeria, Edo/Benin kingdom
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Benin rulers were credited with great metaphysical and spiritual power. Brass heads/ These heads serve as potent visual references to each ruler’s destiny, authority, wisdom, success, and happiness. They are a legacy for future generations to instill the ruler’s place in history. Brass imported from Europe.
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