Table of Contents List of Tables and Figures AcknowledgementsChapter One: IntroductionChapter Two: A Short History of Benin Art and Politics Chapter Three: Threat and Creativity: The Political Context for Esigie's Commission Chapter Four: Remembrance and Memorial: Methods of Commemoration in BeninChapter Five: Patterns of Authorship and the Architectural Frame Chapter Six: The Installation of the Plaque Corpus under Esigie and OrhogbuaConclusionAnnex
1: Plaques by Flange-Pattern CategoryAnnex
2: Illustration of Flange Pattern Sub-TypesAnnex
3: Views of Palace ReconstructionAnnex
4: List of Plaques by InstitutionGlossaryBibliography.
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The 16th century bronze plaques from the kingdom of Benin are among the most recognized masterpieces of African art, and yet many details of their commission and installation in the palace in Benin City, Nigeria, are little understood. The Benin Plaques, A 16th Century Imperial Monument is a detailed analysis of a corpus of nearly 850 bronze plaques that were installed in the court of the Benin kingdom at the moment of its greatest political power and geographic reach. By examining European accounts, Benin oral histories, and the physical evidence of the extant plaques, Gunsch is the first to propose an installation pattern for the series. (source: Nielsen Book Data)