Midterm for Art History 6E

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Midterm for Art History 6E in which question asked to compare and contrast two African art pieces. The artwork portrayed in both images conveys the power and status of the king of their respective cultures. The brass cast head comes from the Benin/Edo kingdom located in present day Niger and presumably dates between the 18 th and 19 th centuries, due to details that point to late-period brass castings of this style. The image of the seated king and some members of his court comes from the Asante kingdom in modern day Ghana. The photograph was taken in 1985 at the 25 th anniversary celebration of the Asantehene’s rule. (Asantehene is the name given to the king of the Asante people.) The image includes various pieces of royal Asante artwork, including the afena, (the golden, globe-headed swords carried by seated members of the court,) the kente textiles, the Golden Stool, and various headdresses and jewelry. Both images convey displays of the wealth and power of the king of the culture and the artisanship of their cultures. The brass head casting represents the head of the king of the Benin kingdom. Due to the stylized yet specific details of the features, it was probably cast while the ruler was still alive, and it specifically portrays one individual ruler, not a generic “king” or deity. The head serves to pay permanent testament to the ruler’s legacy for generations to come,
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course ARTH 6E taught by Professor Ogbechie during the Winter '08 term at UCSB.

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