African Royal Court Art

By: Coquet, Michele

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A clean, unmarked book with a tight binding. Full dark purple cloth boards. 8 3/4"w x 11 1/4"h. 182 pages. Many photos.

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In this visually stunning work, anthropologist Mich le Coquet presents the power and the brilliance of African court arts. Grounding her analysis in the social and historical context of traditional royalty systems, Coquet examines the diverse roles played by artisans, nobles, and kings in the production and use of royal objects. From the precolonial kingdoms of the Edo and the Yoruba, the Ashanti and the Igbo, Coquet reconstructs from a comparativist view the essential cultural connections between art, representation, and the king.

More than ornamentation, royal objects embodied the strength and status of African rulers. The gold-plated stools of the Ashanti, the delicately carved ivory bracelets of the Edo-these objects were meant not simply to adorn but to affirm and enhance the power and prestige of the wearer. Unlike the abstract style frequently seen in African ritual art, realism became manifest in courtly arts. Realism directly linked the symbolic value of the object-a portrait or relief-with the physical person of the king. The contours of the monarch's face, his political and military exploits rendered on palace walls, became visual histories, the work of art in essence corroborating the ruler's sovereign might.

Richly illustrated and wonderfully detailed, Coquet's influential volume offers both a splendid visual presentation and an authoritative analysis of African royal arts.

This] beautiful and exciting book emphasizes the skillful court art of the Benin, Dahomey, and the Kongo. A very interesting and unusual approach to the art of the continent that has been too easily situated 'outside of history.'--Le Figaro

Title: African Royal Court Art

Author: Coquet, Michele

ISBN Number: 0226115755

ISBN-13: 9780226115757

Location Published: Chicago, University of Chicago Press: 1998

Binding: Oversize Hardback

Book Condition: Fine

Jacket Condition: Fine

Size: XL

Type: Art

Categories: Art, Anthropology / Sociology, Africa

Seller ID: 154267

Keywords: african art, african rulers, anthropology, artisans, ashanti, edo, igbo, kings, nobles, power, precolonial kingdoms, prestige, royal objects, royalty systems, yoruba