The Making of Bamana Sculpture: Creativity and Gender (Res Monographs in Anthropology and Aesthetics)

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The Making of Bamana Sculpture describes both the techniques and the rituals used by Bamana blacksmiths in Mali, West Africa, when they carve sacred sculpture. Chronicling the process of decision-making that results in a commission, it provides a detailed account of the carving process and also analyses the meaning of this process. Sarah Brett-Smith demonstrates that Bamana sculptors compare the process of producing a ritual object both to sexual intercourse and to childbirth. Her study details how Bamana sculptors become 'great' artists, how this process requires a shift from a 'male' to a 'female' gender identity, and why the Bamana believe that the ambitious artist must make tragic sacrifices to win renown.

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This book describes both the techniques and the rituals used by Bamana artists in Mali, West Africa, when they carve sacred sculpture. It provides a detailed account of the carving process and also analyses the meaning of this process. This study details how Bamana sculptors become 'great' artists, and how this process requires a shift from a 'male' to a 'female' gender identity.

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Published by Cambridge University Press (1995)
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