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Embodiments: Masterworks of African Figurative Sculpture

Christina Hellmich & Manuel Jordan, eds.
Item #: D12452
Format: Hardcover
Pages/Publication Date: 304 / 2014
Publisher: Prestel
ISBN: 9783791354330
$85.00 $19.98
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Timeless and visually striking, African sculptures are able to represent ancestors, express community values, and serve religious and ceremonial purposes. Reflecting the contributions of more than 100 distinct ethnic groups and spanning five centuries, this wide-ranging collection of 122 figural sculptures from sub-Saharan Africa—beautifully photographed in natural light —includes a cane from Mozambique, topped with a stylized carving of a baboon; a copper figurine of a Nigerian elder astride a horse; a Cameroonian totem expressing fear or amazement; a colorful cloth doll, used in Congo to honor the dead; a headrest carved to resemble a leopard; a harp built around an elongated human form; and fanciful wooden reliquaries from Gabon.


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