Palace Sculptures of Abomey: History Told on Walls

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The Fon, who are the largest ethnic group in the Republic of Benin in West Africa, established the powerful kingdom of Dahomey in the early seventeenth century. In their capital city of Abomey, they built a remarkable complex of palaces, featuring walls decorated with colorful low-relief sculptures, or bas-reliefs, which recount legends and battles and glorify the history of their royal dynasty's reign. Over the centuries, these visual stories have represented and perpetuated the history and myths of the Fon people. Palace ...

Palace Sculptures of Abomey: History Told on Walls 2000, Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, CA

ISBN-13: 9780892365692

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