If one out of every four Igbo are descendant of the migrant from Benin, it will have been very difficult for the Ighos to retain their art form as depicted by works from Igho Ukwu the only thing common to the art of both people is the lost wax form which artisans from both communities used in fashioning moulds for their works but this was not even exclusive to the Igbos and the Binis, the Ile.
Despite its certain origins at the court of Benin, the pendant was the possession of a Yoruba ruler from Mahin or Ugbo, two coastal villages approximately 80 miles to the west of Benin’s capital. This example and other pendants like it were distributed by the oba to vassal rulers, including non-Bini kings absorbed into the kingdom, to promote fidelity to his court.
Most of the ancient art of Benin is royal and honors the Oba, or king of the Benin Kingdom. The general aesthetic principles of Benin art, according to Kathryn Gunsch (2018), are triadic symmetry, frontality, alternation, and decoration in the round.The Yoruba of West Africa ( Benin, Nigeria and Togo, with migrant communities in parts of Ghana and Sierra Leone) are responsible for one of the finest artistic traditions in Africa, a tradition that remains vital and influential today. Much of the art of the Yoruba, including staffs, court dress, and beadwork for crowns, is associated with the royal courts.After this period, production declined as political and economic power shifted to the nearby kingdom of Benin which, like the Yoruba kingdom of Oyo, developed into a major empire. Bronze and terracotta art created by this civi Between 700 and 900 CE, the Ife Kingdom developed as a major artistic center.
Yoruba, one of the three largest ethnic groups of Nigeria, concentrated in the southwestern part of that country. Much smaller, scattered groups live in Benin and northern Togo. The Yoruba numbered more than 20 million at the turn of the 21st century. They speak a language of the Benue-Congo branch.Read More
Ile-Ife, also known as Ife, Ife-Lodun, or the Kingdom of Ife, is an ancient Yoruba city situated in Osun state in southwestern Nigeria. One of the largest and oldest towns of the Yoruba kingdom, historical evidence dates the holy city’s origin to as far back as 500 BC.Read More
According to Yoruba history, he founded Oyo as its first Alaafin at around the year 1300 and one of his children, Eweka I, went on to become the first Oba of the Benin Empire. Oduduwa The King of Ile-Ife, whose name is generally ascribed to the ancestral dynasties of Yorubaland because he is held by the Yoruba to have been the ancestor of their numerous crowned kings.Read More
Benin is a country in West Africa. The official name of the country is the Republic of Benin. It is bordered by Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east, and Burkina Faso and Niger to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. The official language is French.However, indigenous languages such as Fon and Yoruba are commonly spoken. As of 1 January 2017, the population of Benin was.Read More
The Benin Empire was located in southern Nigeria, east of Yorubaland and west of the Niger River. Benin is one of the states of southern Nigeria which claim to have obtained kingship from the Yoruba city of Ife. Archaeological research at Benin has shown, however, that important developments preceded the foundation of the empire.Read More
The arts of the Yoruba are as numerous as their deities, and many objects are placed on shrines to honor the gods and the ancestors. Beautiful sculpture abounds in wood and brass plus the.Read More
Oyo Empire. Ife was surpassed by the Oyo Empire as the dominant Yoruba military and political power between 1600 and 1800 AD. The nearby Benin Empire was also a powerful force between 1300 and 1850. Oyo developed in the 17th century and become one of the largest Yoruba kingdoms, while Ile-Ife remained as a religiously significant rival to its power at the site of the divine creation of the.Read More
Yoruba in Benin are as indigenous as Yoruba in Nigeria, just that there is a greater concentration of Yoruba in Nigeria. I personally love the brothers from Benin. They are highly enterprising and 'plainer' than we Yoruba in Nigeria. Nigeria seems to have corrupted us. I think we took over the dishonestly and deceitful ways of the Brits more.Read More
Mar 19, 2018 - Travel and culture in Mauritania, Nigeria, Niger, Benin, Ghana, Togo, Sierra Leone, the Gambia, the Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde.Read More
The Yoruba people are an ethnic group of over 40 million people in total, inhabiting the southwestern and north-central region of Nigeria, as well as southern and central Benin.Dating back to as far as the transatlantic slave trade, which existed between the 15th to the 19th century, the Yoruba people were said to have migrated to other countries as well, including Cuba, Dominican Republic.Read More