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The Benin Plaques: A 16th Century Imperial Monument

Kathryn Wysocki Gunsch

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Routledge
14 January 2020
History of art & design styles: c 1400 to c 1600; Carvings: artworks
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.
By:   Kathryn Wysocki Gunsch
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 246mm,  Width: 174mm, 
Weight:   503g
ISBN:   9780367471422
ISBN 10:   0367471426
Series:   Routledge Research in Art History
Pages:   246
Publication Date:   14 January 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Table of Contents List of Tables and Figures Acknowledgements Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: A Short History of Benin Art and Politics Chapter Three: Threat and Creativity: The Political Context for Esigie's Commission Chapter Four: Remembrance and Memorial: Methods of Commemoration in Benin Chapter Five: Patterns of Authorship and the Architectural Frame Chapter Six: The Installation of the Plaque Corpus under Esigie and Orhogbua Conclusion Annex 1: Plaques by Flange-Pattern Category Annex 2: Illustration of Flange Pattern Sub-Types Annex 3: Views of Palace Reconstruction Annex 4: List of Plaques by Institution Glossary Bibliography

Kathryn Wysocki Gunsch is Department Head and Teel Curator for the Arts of Africa and Oceania at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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