Composing time and space in Yoruba art

Margaret Thompson Drewal, Henry John Drewal

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A survey of the verbal and visual arts ofYoruba peoples of West Africa suggests that there is an aesthetic preference for a certain form of composition and, further, that this form corresponds to Yoruba social organization. For scholars to identify corresponding forms in art and in social order is not new (Adams 1980: 92).1 Fernandez (1971: 357) in a discussion of Durkheim's theories, raises this important issue:.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-251
Number of pages27
JournalWord and Image
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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