Museum services in Nigeria serve as a major source of art conservation and preservation of its cultural heritage. It is a truism that Nigeria in Africa is endowed with great cultural heritage, which needs to be adequately documented. Evidence of this can be traced to the production of Nok terracotta, Benin bronze casting, Ife terracotta and Igbo Ukwu Art, which justify the fact that Nigeria had ancient civilizations that competed with the Romans and Greeks, but which did not come to limelight until the 1890’s when the British soldiers invaded the Benin kingdom and some of the art treasures were looted. Against this backdrop, an effort to safeguard the sanctity of this heritage made Kenneth Murray intensify efforts at establishing a museum of art and antiquity at Jos in 1943. The paper discusses the advent of Museums in Nigeria and the cultural preservation of art and finally it takes a cursory look at art as cultural heritage in Nigeria.
|Keywords:||Museums, Heritage, Terracotta, Nok, Culture, Institution, Preservation|
Substitute Dean, Department of Idustrial Designg, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo, Nigeria
Lecturer 11, Textile Section, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo, Nigeria
Lecturer and Coper, Design History, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo, Nigeria
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