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Art, Performance and Ritual in Benin City$
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Charles Gore

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748633166

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633166.001.0001

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Art History and Artefact

Art History and Artefact

(p.179) 8 Art History and Artefact
Art, Performance and Ritual in Benin City

Gore Charles

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter looks at various contributions to a history of art. It uses Ryder's conceptual distinctions of the field material available to researchers to explore some of the assumptions upon which research has been based. The chapter broadens this examination to look at various contributions to the art history of the Edo-speaking area, arguing that limitations inherent in theoretical models developed in relation to Benin have become underlying and uncritical assumptions in many studies of Edo society and its art history. The chapter concludes by suggesting that a deeper understanding of the Edo-speaking area will have to explore regional and local histories, to further an understanding of the region and to gain a deeper insight into the historical processes at the urban centre of Benin City. It is by these means that the local and regional art histories can be developed.

Keywords:   art history, Edo society, Benin City, historical processes, regional art

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