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Ife Art (N° 21999)

"Dynasty and Divinity" features much of the extraordinary body of ancient Ife art in terracotta, stone and metal, dating from the 9th to 15th centuries. Artists from Ife, the ancient city-state of the Yoruba people of West Africa (located in present-day southwestern Nigeria), have created some of the most aesthetically pleasing and sophisticated sculptures in the world. “Dynasty and Divinity” reveals the extraordinarily creative range of Ife art through a diversity of objects that includes beautiful idealized portrait heads, exquisite miniatures, expressive caricatures of old age, living animals and sculptures showing the impressive regalia worn by the kings and queens of Ife. Together these illuminate one of the world's greatest art centers and demonstrate the technological sophistication of Ife artists, as well as the rich aesthetic language they have developed in order to convey ideas of worldly power and divine. The fine carvings of Ife demonstrate the dignity and self-assurance associated with the idea of ​​dynasty, as well as the results of the misfortunes and violence that could befall human beings - two fates shaped by divine and human interventions. . Among the many masterpieces of Ife art in this book are a group of life-size copper portrait heads, carved stone animals and the spectacular seated male figure found in the town of Tada, Nigeria , depicted wearing an elaborate textile. All objects are from the collection of the Nigerian National Commission for Museums and Monuments. Henry John Drewal, a recognized scholar of Yoruba and African Diaspora arts, explores the significance of Ife stone, terracotta and metal carvings in the context of Yoruba history and culture. Today, the city of Ife is still a spiritual heart for the 29 million Yoruba living in Nigeria and countless descendants in the Americas and elsewhere around the world. Drewal explores the purposes for which this art may have been created and its relationship to Yoruba ideas of leadership, divinity, gender and aesthetics. In an introductory essay, Enid Schildkrout, an anthropologist who has curated major exhibitions on Africa, shows how this first assemblage of the full range of Ife art gives the most comprehensive depiction of an ancient African city ever shown. in one exhibition. "Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria" accompanies an exhibition co-curated by the Museum for African Art, New York, and the Fundacion Marcelino Botin, Santander, Spain, in collaboration with the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria. The exhibition will be presented at the British Museum in London under the title Kingdom of Ife: Sculptures of West Africa.

Author: Henry John Drewal & Enid Schildkrout
Publisher: Museum for African Art
Condition: NEW
Language: English
Number of pages: 200
Dimensions: 285 x 215mm
ISBN: 978-0945802532

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