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Images and EmpiresVisuality in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa$
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Paul Landau and Susan Griffin

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520229488

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520229488.001.0001

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Omada Art at the Crossroads of Colonialisms

Omada Art at the Crossroads of Colonialisms

(p.275) Chapter 11 Omada Art at the Crossroads of Colonialisms
Images and Empires

Paula Ben-Amos Girshick

University of California Press

This chapter explores the history and conditions of Omada art at the crossroads of different colonialisms. It focuses on the court art of the Edo Kingdom of Benin in present-day Nigeria during the last half of the nineteenth century, a period of historical transition when that kingdom, an imperial power in its own right, fell to British colonial domination. It investigates the artistic implications of the transition from colonizer to colonized and outlines the artistic contexts in which the issues of colonial power and identity were explored.

Keywords:   Omada art, colonialisms, Edo Kingdom, Benin, Nigeria, court art, British colonial domination

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