n De Arte - Nigerian Art : the Meneghelli Collection, Anltra Nettleton (Ed.) : book reviews




The exhibition catalogue , published to coincide with an exhibition of the same name, features a breathtaking range of objects including terracottas from Nok and Owo, brass heads from Ife, plaques from Benin, Yoruba Ogboni figures, Egungun masks, lgbo shrine figures, Ere lbedji twin figures and lgala ancestral masks. These are notable, not only in their diversity, but because they span a time frame from the sixth century BCE to the twentieth century CE, indicating a long and dynamic history of African culture and civilisation. What is equally impressive is that one man, Vittorino Meneghelli, assembled these approximately 235 pieces, which are but a small selection of a much larger collection.


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