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Art and risk in ancient Yoruba [electronic resource] : IFE history, power, and identity, c. 1300 /
Suzanne Preston Blier.
imprint
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
description
xxiii, 574 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
ISBN
9781107021662 (hardback)
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Book
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imprint
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
isbn
9781107021662 (hardback)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Introduction: art, risk, and creativity. Art, risk, and identity. Art making : artists, subjects, technologies and media -- Experiencing art : sight, site, and perspectives of viewing -- If looks could kill : aesthetics and political expression -- Embedding identity : marking the Ife body. Politics, representation, and regalia. A gallery of portrait heads : political art -- Animal avatars : art, identity and the natural world -- Crowning glory : the art and politics of headgear -- Battling with symbols : scepters, staffs, and seats.
catalogue key
10819020
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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This text examines the intersection of art, risk, and creativity in early African arts from the Yoruba center of Ife. It offers a unique lens into one of Africa's most important and least understood early civilizations, one whose historic arts have long been of interest to local residents and Westerners alike because of their tour-de-force visual power and technical complexity.
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This book examines the intersection of art, risk, and creativity in early African arts from the Yoruba center of Ife. It offers a unique lens into one of Africa's most important and least understood early civilizations, one whose historic arts have long been of interest to local residents and Westerners alike because of their tour-de-force visual power and technical complexity.
Main Description
In this book, Suzanne Preston Blier examines the intersection of art, risk, and creativity in early African arts from the Yoruba center of Ife and the striking ways that ancient Ife artworks inform society, politics, history, and religion. Yoruba art offers a unique lens into one of Africa's most important and least understood early civilizations, one whose historic arts have long been of interest to local residents and Westerners alike because of their tour-de-force visual power and technical complexity. Among the complementary subjects explored are questions of art making, art viewing, and aesthetics in the famed ancient Nigerian city-state, as well as the attendant risks and danger assumed by artists, patrons, and viewers alike in certain forms of subject matter and modes of portrayal, including unique genres of body marking, portraiture, animal symbolism, and regalia. This volume celebrates art, history, and the shared passion and skill with which the remarkable artists of early Ife sought to define their past for generations of viewers.
Table of Contents
Introduction: art, risk, and creativity
Art, Risk, and Identity
Art making: artists, subjects, technologies, and media
Experiencing art: sight, site, and perspectives of viewing
If looks could kill: aesthetics and political expression
Embedding identity: marking the Ife body
Politics, Representation, and Regalia
A gallery of portrait heads: political art
Animal avatars: art, identity, and the natural world
Crowning glory: the art and politics of headgear
Battling with symbols: scepters, staffs, and seats
Conclusions
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