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  • Physical Geography Of Benin

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    geography Benin is one of the smallest country in Africa. It is a key-shaped country. It lies in West Africa and is between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer. It is surrounded by the countries Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, and Togo (see Figure 1). The coordinates of the country is 9°20’N 2°15’E. Benin is about the size of Tennessee. Benin is located near the equator which makes the temperature to be higher than average. The area of Benin is 44,310 mi2. Benin is 98.2% land and 1.8% water. Benin is a

  • Essay about The Benin Bronzes

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    This essay deals with the nature of a cross cultural encounter between the Benin people and Portuguese traders in the 15th and 16th centuries, which resulted in the depiction of Portuguese figures in Benin brass plaques. It will propose that this contact between people with different cultures was on the basis of 'mutual regard' (Woods, K. 2008, p. 16), and although the Portuguese had qualms about idolatry in Benin it will show that assumptions by Europeans up to the 20th century of the primitive

  • Benin Art in Museums and Galleries Essay

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    The display of Benin art in museum and galleries reflect the attitudes and perceptions of Europeans towards non-western artefacts, especially African. Thus as European attitudes change towards non-western art since the discovery of Benin art in 1897, Benin art has been revaluated and re-categorised. Initially there was a great deal of debate about Benin art and its display, as it did not equate with the perceptions then held about Africa. Until the British conquest of Benin in 1897, little was

  • Tikal and the Mayan Civilization

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    chamber within the pyramid and below the level of the Great Plaza. Tikal was once a city with around 90,000 people. This civilization was created during the “Classical” period of the Mayan civilization. Photo 2: Waist pendant of a Queen Mother, from Benin, Nigeria The Queen mother was also known as Queen Idia. She was the mother of Esigie, who ruled from 1504 to 1550. Idia played an important role in the rise and reign of her son. Idia was a strong warrior. As the mother of the king she had no other

  • The Challenges Of Cultural Encounters In Western West Africa

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    Europe and kingdom of Benin was on fifteenth century. Carry with it a lot of changes. One of

  • The Art of Benin Essay

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    Why is the ownership of Benin Art so controversial? The ownership of Benin Art could have been so controversial for a number of reasons. Most notably I would say, is due to the Anthropologists seeing it as a cultural insight into the history of Benin however when people were introduced to start looking at the artefacts from also a more artistic approach, this, for the anthropologists was taking the cultural effect away from it. Some people may have felt hostile to how these artefacts were obtained

  • Benin Research Paper

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    Benin is a French-speaking country in West Africa. It is a fascinating place and is the birthplace of the vodun or “voodoo” religion. It’s also home to the former Dahomey Kingdom dating from 1600 – 1900. Even though it is a small country it does have a few large cities and beckons to tourist to explore its impressive architecture, museums and markets. A trip here will bring you many adventures, a look at amazing wildlife and relaxing on great beaches. Visit the city of Cotonou with lovely beaches

  • How The Ghana Is Influenced By African Art

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    In this assignment we look at how the Benin is able to concept the uncivilised nature of African societies. We will also look at the relationship between the Benin Bronzes, as African art, rather than modern art in the west. We know that the Benin bronzes are known to be of ‘aesthetic’, ‘spiritual’ and ‘sentimental’ value due to its symbolic appraisal of civilisation. They are also one of the most sophisticated pieces of art. When looking into the African heritage, we can note it has a vast impact

  • The Declaration Of Universal Museums

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    In December 2002, the directors of 18 museums located throughout Europe and the United States issued the Declaration of the Importance and Value of Universal Museums. The declaration is an attempt, by the directors of major Western museums, to defend against demands for restitution of museum objects by defining themselves as “universal museums” which are of value to all of humanity. This document fails as a convincing defence against restitution claims for several reasons. First, it dismisses circumstances

  • Resilience Of African Art In The Colonial Age

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    During the colonial age the governmental policies and the spread of Islam along new forms of education often restructured the political system. Education had been the context for creating and using art in Africa. Art forms and cultural practices adapted to the new circumstances as the artists began to introduce and improved materials; like the way Malick Sidibe did with his photography by giving these images a completely different meaning. These innovations symbolize resilience of African art and