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June 7 – October 1, 2018 (The second half of the exhibition begins from August 1, 2018)
ROYAL ART OF BENIN
ROYAL ART OF BENIN
ROYAL ART OF BENIN
The Nok culture prospered in the central Jos plateau from 5 th century B.C to 3 rd century A.C in Nigeria. In 9 th century, the sophisticated bronze-casting tradition of the Igbo Ukwu prospered in Niger Delta. The Ife culture which is known as only realistic sculpture in Africa appeared from between 10 and 15 th century.
In addition, the first Benin dynasty was established in 10 th century. Although internal conflicts occurred during the succession to the throne, Oranmiyan who was the great prince of Ife played a part to help establishing the second dynasty in 12 th century. Moreover, it prospered through out the southern Nigeria in 19 th century.
In 1897, British punitive forces attacked Benin city which was the capital of Benin kingdom. They completely destroyed a royal palace and took about 2,000 bronze and ivory artworks from there. After the subjugation, these artworks were spread out in Europe and U.S that leaded to the great royal art of Benin to be known internationally.
The art style of the Benin kingdom was passed on to the Yoruba people whose ancestor is the Ife people to the present. This exhibition introduces the royal art of Benin, the Nok culture, the Ife culture, and the Yoruba artworks that represent African art which astonished Europeans in 19 th century.
Nominal support: Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Hokuto City, Hokuto City Board of Education, YBS Yamanashi Broadcast, UTY Yamanashi, Nihon Network Service, Yamanashi Nichinichi Shinbun, The Asahi Shinbun Yamanashi-prefecture, The Mainichi Daily News Yamanashi prefecture, The daily Yomiuri Yamanashi prefecture, Yatsugatake Journal, Yamanashi Shinpou, and FM Yatsugatake

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