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Down from the Shimmering Sky: Masks of the Northwest Coast

Macnair, Peter; Menair, Peter; Joseph, Robert

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ISBN 10: 0295977094 / ISBN 13: 9780295977096
Published by University of Washington Press, U.S.A., 1998
Condition: As New Soft cover

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Unread copy in perfect condition. Small inscription on inside cover by owner, noted art historian and author. Bookseller Inventory # 05.06

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Title: Down from the Shimmering Sky: Masks of the ...

Publisher: University of Washington Press, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:As New

Edition: 1st Edition

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Presents two centuries of powerful, striking masks made by First Nations artists on the Pacific Northwest Coast. Some depict animals and supernatural creatures while others are human face masks representing ancestral spirits which descend from the heavens. The opening essay provides a look into the meaning and potency of masks from the viewpoint of a Native person, and the text surveys the four dimensions of the cosmos as perceived by the Native peoples of the Northwest Coast as well as underlying issues of aesthetics, art produced for sale, continuity and change, and the relations of artists to the market. Beautifully illustrated with 61 color and about 100 b&w photographs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Bruce Grenville is the Senior Curator of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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