Thursday, 19 November 2015

Nok-o Haram and "Ethnographic art"

Turn your back on conflict antiquities,
would you buy freshly-surfaced 

"art" like this?
The Association of Dealers and Collectors of Ancient and Ethnographic Art are busy directing attention to deliberate destruction of monuments by ISIL and away from the wider question of conflict antiquities but the issue will not go away. It also affects that so-called "ethnographic" (aka "tribal") art. A report which came out just a wile ago indicated that 'Boko Haram kills more people than ISIS as total hits historic high' (Russia TodayGlobal Terrorism IndexBoko Haram has waged a bloody six-year insurgency in the region of northern Nigeria. Te map below indicates where they are most active

Boko Haram in Nigeria

Tribal groups in the region include the Sao, Massa, Fulani, Hausa. Objects from these groups do not figure prominently on the "ethnic art" market, but the Nok/Jos objects coming from the central-south area of this zone do (see the trafficking culture entry for them).Who knows how this stuff is surfacing on the market now? I suspect the dealers who pedal the material would prefer not to be asked.

1 comment:

Brian Curtiss said...

It has been pointed out by activists in the US that the Nigerian conflict has been mostly ignored in the press in comparison to the Middle East. Wonder why?

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