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African Art: Secular and Supernatural

from Cleveland Museum of Art

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Compare ritual and royal objects from the Yoruba and Edo peoples of Nigeria to learn how their rulers maintain worldly authority with the assistance of supernatural forces. Students will delight in examining a colorful beaded crown which empowers a Yoruba ruler and a three hundred year old bronze sculpture which establishes legitimacy for an Edo king. These and other stunning objects introduce divination, mythology and communication with ancestors to your class.

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By Request: $145.00
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45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Adult Learners

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Fine Arts, Language Arts/English

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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Programs are non-refundable, however cancellations due to technical difficulties, school closings, or those received 48 hours in advance may be rescheduled for no additional charge. Rescheduling is subject to availability.

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Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland, Ohio
United States

Virtual Learning at The Cleveland Museum of Art allows classes to connect with the CMA and enrich their studies of history, language arts, science, math and the visual arts through our collection of art and artifacts from around the world. Through live, interactive videoconferencing, students participate in conversations with museum educators that are two-way and fully interactive. Programs are designed for grades K-12 and are aligned with ODE academic standards.

Hajnal Eppley

Program Details


1. Open with discussion on difference between Supernatural and Secular maintenance of power.
2. Introduce sculptures and explain historical/cultural significance.
3. Compare and contrast Yoruba and Benin cultures.
4. Ask students how Americans honor historical figures.
5. Answer remaining questions.


1. Students will learn the similarities, as well as differences, among the Yoruba and Benin
peoples—particularly in regards to attaining political power—which are reflected in their
works of art.
2. Students will understand that secular power in both the Yoruba and Benin cultures is
acquired and maintained through access to supernatural power.
3. Students will create a chart during the program which illustrates how Yoruba and Benin art relate in terms of politics and religion, as well as representations of ancestry.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

All programs are aligned with the National Education Standards, Ohio Department of Education Academic Standards, and New York State Learning Standards.