NIGERIA SCULPTURAL TRADITION AS VIABLE OPTION FOR TOURISM PROMOTION: AN ASSESSMENT OF ESIE MYSTERIOUS STONE SCULPTURES

Ezenagu, Ngozi and Olatunji, Tabitha and Iwuagwu, Chinonso C. (2014) NIGERIA SCULPTURAL TRADITION AS VIABLE OPTION FOR TOURISM PROMOTION: AN ASSESSMENT OF ESIE MYSTERIOUS STONE SCULPTURES. Global Journal of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, 2 (5). pp. 55-69.

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Abstract

: Esie stone sculptures are the largest collection of carved stone structures in Africa, and precisely in the world at large. Since its discovery in Esie community of Igbomina town, the stone sculptures pose a lot of complex questions defying answers. In view of this, the soapstone sculptures have continued to amass academic research and studies towards unravelling its makers. Howbeit, that art works especially sculptures known to be functional objects in African worldview either used for religious or court activities are found in a bush. Objects depicting varied cultural traits (tribal marks, hair style,) involved in human activities (playing musical instruments, dancers, farming, etc) and showing status quo (necklace, bracelet). Intriguing of all is the kingship setting of the sculptures explicitly displaying a community life which of a truth augurs well with the local myth surrounding the sculptures. The ingenuity and authenticity of these stone sculptures have today become instrumental for tourism promotion in Nigeria.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Esie, Tourism, Stone Images, Sculpture, Soapstone, Museum
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Mr Tayo Okunlola
Date Deposited: 26 May 2016 11:23
Last Modified: 26 May 2016 11:23
URI: http://eprints.abuad.edu.ng/id/eprint/773

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