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The Tribal Eye

Synopsis

We have produced a Style Guide to help editors follow a standard format when editing a listing. If you are unsure how best to edit this programme please take a moment to read it.
Seven award-winning films in which David Attenborough relates masterpieces of the world's tribal art to the people and-places that produced them.
4: Kingdoms of Bronze
Four hundred years ago the Kingdom of the Oba of Benin was one of the most powerful and splendid in West Africa. Surrounded by hereditary chiefs, jesters, palace dwarves and a huge standing army, the Obas commissioned bronze statues and plaques from their palace artists. Since their rediscovery by the West these bronzes have become the most sought-after creations of the tribal world.
Today Benin City is a bustling Nigerian town, but the Oba's palace still echoes with the sung praises of the divine King; master crafts-men of the society of bronze-casters still produce bronzes in the manner of their ancestors. Tonight's film looks at the technique of those artists set against the finest bronzes of the past.
Film cameraman RAY MENMAN Film editor DICK ALLEN
Producer DAVID COLLISON
Book (same title), 17.04, to be published tomorrow

Contributors

Unknown: David Attenborough
Unknown: Ray Menman
Editor: Dick Allen






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