The Lower Niger Bronzes: Beyond Igbo-Ukwu, Ife, and Benin

1st Edition

Philip M. Peek

Routledge
July 27, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 264 Pages - 16 Color & 61 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367859848 - CAT# 347209
Series: Routledge Research in Art History

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Summary

This book demonstrates that copper alloy casting was widespread in southern Nigeria and has been practiced for at least a millennium.

Philip M. Peek’s research provides a critical context for the better known casting traditions of Igbo-Ukwu, Ife, and Benin. Both the necessary ores and casting skills were widely available contrary to previous scholarly assumptions. The majority of the Lower Niger Bronzes, which we know number in the thousands, are of subjects not found elsewhere, such as leopard skull replicas, grotesque bell heads, ritual objects, and humanoid figures. Important puzzle pieces are now in place to permit a more complete reconstruction of southern Nigerian history.

The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, African studies, African history, and anthropology.

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