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Synopsis: As the birthplace of the human race, Africa possesses a cultural history of unparalleled length. This magnificent publication reflects that vast time span: the objects included range from the oldest known human artifact (1.6 million BC) to pieces made within living memory. In word and image the book celebrates the extraordinary variety of African art and the consummate skill of its creators.
From the Publisher: The contents are arranged geographically in a 'grand tour' that divides the continent into seven areas. Beginning with Ancient Egypt and Nubia, the tour proceeds through Ethiopia and the Sudan to the eastern coast and southern Africa, then moves up through central Africa to the coastal areas of west Africa and the countries of the sub-Saharan region. The survey ends in northern Africa, coming full circle with a discussion of Egypt in its Christian and Islamic periods.
Within each of these seven sections objects are arranged in broadly chronological order. They demonstrate the wide range of styles in African art, inspired by different religions and cultures, and the equally astonishing variety of materials, from dung to gold and including bronze, ivory and terracotta, as well as superb wood-carvings from all over the continent. Works of art from major public and private collections in Europe and the USA are juxtaposed with the finest from Africa itself.
Title: Africa: The Art of a Continent
Publisher: Prestel Pub
Publication Date: 1995
Binding: Cloth Hardcover
Book Condition: New
Book Description Prestel Pub, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Beautiful copy dust jacket in protective Brodart wrapper This volume provides a global vision of the art of Africa through a host of colourful images of the finest known objects from the continent's cultural heritage. It examines African art geographically in a "grand tour" that divides the continent into seven areas. Beginning with ancient Egypt and Nubia, it moves down the eastern coast through Ethiopia and the Sudan - including the island of Madagascar - to Southern Africa, then up through the Congo and Central Africa to the Guinea Coast and the countries of the Sahara. Finally, it moves to North Africa, before returning to Egypt in its later Christian and Islamic periods. Within each of these seven chapters, objects are illustrated in chronological order, demonstrating the extraordinary range of styles inspired by different religions and cultures realized in a variety of materials from dung to gold. The artifacts comprise ornaments and jewellery, textiles, snuff bottles, Tutsi basketry from Rwanda, and sculpture, including the finest bronzes, terracottas and wood carvings from all periods. The book details the archaeological, historical and cultural background of every illustrated object and relates individual pieces to the people who made them. From ancient Egypt comes the Battleground Palette from 5000 B.C. This ceremonial palette depicts a battle on one side and an elegantly carved scene of grazing animals on the other. The book pictures a lyre from the southern Sudan that is over three feet high and profusely decorated with coins, beads, and shells. Also included is the oldest human artifact found on Earth - a handmade stone tool 1.6 million years old from Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania. If the scope of the book spans a whole continent, the source of the objects is transcontinental. Works of art from the finest public and private collections in Europe, America and the rest of the world are juxtaposed with the best from Africa itself. This book is published to coincide with "Africa 95", the first nationwide celebration of the arts of Africa ever to be held in Great Britain. Patrons of "Africa 95" are Her Majesty The Queen, President Nelson Mandela, and President Leopold Sedar Senghor. As the birthplace of the human race, Africa has a cultural history of unparalleled length; the book reflects this vast time span and the diversity of the art of the continent. Contributors to this book include Tom Phillips, John Mack, Anthony Appiah, Daniel Biebuyck, Rene Bravmann, Patricia Davison, Nadia Erzini, Peter Garlake, John Picton, Edna R. Russman, Wole Soyinka, Laslo Torok, Rachel Ward and Cornel West. Seller Inventory # ABE-1538070294420
Book Description Prestel, 1995. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. Please note that this is a heavy item and will require extra postage.; Stiff card wrappers, unmarked, spine creased. No ownership markings, b&w and colour photographs, binding tight. ; African, Asian & Oceanic Art; 30 x 24.5 x 4.5 cm; 620 pages. Seller Inventory # 33992
Book Description Munich ; New York : Prestel, 1995. Condition: Gut. 612 S. Umschlag leicht berieben, sonst gutes Exemplar. - Introduction Tom Phillips -- Why Africa? Why Art? Kwame Anthony Appiah -- Europe, African Art and the Uncanny. Henry Louis Gates, Jr -- The African Past. Peter Garlake -- ANCIENT EGYPT AND NUBIA. Edna R. Russmann and Lasló Török -- EASTERN AFRICA. John Mack -- SOUTHERN AFRICA. Patricia Davison -- CENTRAL AFRICA. Daniel Biebuyck and Frank Herreman -- WEST AFRICA AND THE GUINEA COAST. John Picton -- SAHEL AND SAVANNA. René A. Bravmann -- NORTHERN AFRICA. Timothy A. Insoll, M. Rachel MacLean, Nadia Erzini, Rachel Ward. ISBN 9783791316031 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 3312 Mit zahlr. farb. Abb. Originalleinen. Seller Inventory # 1097707
Book Description Prestel Pub. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 3791316036 Good condition ex-library book with usual library markings and stickers. Seller Inventory # Z3791316036Z3
Book Description Prestel, 1997. Condition: Good. illustrated edition. Ships from the UK. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP102601666
Book Description Prestel, 1997. Condition: Fair. illustrated edition. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Seller Inventory # GRP68684589
Book Description Prestel, 1997. Condition: Good. illustrated edition. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP64432780
Book Description Prestel Pub. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 3791316036 Book is Like New. > DJ Acceptable. Corner, edge and cover wear. Shelf wear. Small tears at corners. Seller Inventory # CORV-BBC-0K76502
Book Description Prestel, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG3791316036
Book Description Royal Academy of Arts London and Prestel, 1995. Hardcover with dustjacket, 620 pages, very good condition; no internal marks. Foreign shipping may be extra. Seller Inventory # AfPhRo35