Suzanne Preston Blier

Blier, Suzanne Preston
June 2013
Art Bulletin;Jun2013, Vol. 95 Issue 2, p193
Academic Journal
The article focuses on mimesis in the ancient Ife art of the Yoruba people of Nigeria. The article discusses a story in which, according to oral tradition, a Yoruba king ordered the murder of all artists after being tricked by a servant wearing a mask of the face of the previous king, Obalufon II, the diversity that Ife sculptures depicted including images of beauty and deformity and materials used to make these sculptures such as granite and copper. The article also discusses the Ife belief that ancient sculptures were once living humans.


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