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History Told on Walls, Video
History Told on Walls, Video

Conservation Institute Staff

Getty Conservation Institute
43 minutes
ISBN 978-0-89236-473-2
VHS format, color, Out of Print  1997

Gold Award for documentaries, 1997 Houston International Film Festival


The royal bas-reliefs of Abomey in Benin are like pages of a book depicting the landmark events in the life of the Fon people. Using a visual vocabulary rooted in vodou imagery, they are a source of pride and cultural identity, a living tradition, and a repository of information about the past for this West African nation of five million people.

History Told on Walls is the story of a successful collaboration between the government of Benin and the Getty Conservation Institute to preserve the heavily damaged bas-reliefs that once adorned the Salle des Bijoux, "Hall of Jewels," now a museum and ceremonial center within the royal compound at Abomey.

NTSC Standard (for use in North America, Japan and other parts of Asia, and parts of South America). This video is also available in French, L'Histoire racontée sur les murs.

Related Getty Conservation Institute projects: Royal Bas-Reliefs of Abomey

This video is no longer available.

Series: GCI Videotapes

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