The Benin Plaques: A 16th Century Imperial Monument

1st Edition

Kathryn Wysocki Gunsch

Published December 18, 2017
Reference - 246 Pages - 179 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781472451552 - CAT# Y257201
Series: Routledge Research in Art History


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The 16th century bronze plaques from the kingdom of Benin are among the most recognized masterpieces of African art, and yet many details of their commission and installation in the palace in Benin City, Nigeria, are little understood. The Benin Plaques, A 16th Century Imperial Monument is a detailed analysis of a corpus of nearly 850 bronze plaques that were installed in the court of the Benin kingdom at the moment of its greatest political power and geographic reach. By examining European accounts, Benin oral histories, and the physical evidence of the extant plaques, Gunsch is the first to propose an installation pattern for the series.

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