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The Owsley Moment

Vivid descriptions of art on display in our part of the state

S02 E02 – Unidentified Craftsman, Edo People – Royal Tusk – 1850-1875


Though these royal tusks were banned when the British colonized the Kingdom of Benin in 1897, they were a significant part of establishing the divine birthright of the king of the Edo people. 

Written by Allison Hunt
Voiced by Dakota Reed
Produced by Sean Ashcraft in cooperation with the David Owsley Museum of Art and the Ball State School of Art.

Music used in this episode:
Yewe Cult Dance
Composed and Performed by Ewe Musicians
Recorded by S. K. Ladzekpo

Original air date: Feb. 1, 2018

Unidentified Craftsman, Edo People – Royal Tusk – 1850-1875 – Photo by Steve Talley

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