Journal of
Fine and Studio Art

  • Abbreviation: J. Studio Fine Art
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6524
  • DOI: 10.5897/JFSA
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 16

Full Length Research Paper

Visual illustration using printmaking as a medium: A case study of coronation ceremonies of kings among the Yoruba of South West Nigeria

Oladumiye E. B. and Kashim I. B.*
Department of Industrial Design, School of Environmental Technology, Federal University of Technology, P. M. B. 704, Akure, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 04 May 2012
  •  Published: 31 May 2013


Coronation ceremonies are traditional rites to formally install kings to the throne of their forefathers as community leaders who are symbol of authority between their people and the outside world. The funfairs that accompany these ceremonies are worth documenting using printmaking as a vehicle of visual and historical expression. The prints represented in this paper are expression of myths and mythologies demonstrating African culture, which stands out as sacred. This discourse also relies on oral testimonies, written and archival documents. The materials used for the execution of the prints are rubber, wood, plate, offset printing inks and glass, which records the events as an alternative to the use of photographic documentation.

Key words: Coronation ceremony, kingship, mythology in prints, cultural expression.