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Yoruba :; nine centuries of African art and thought

Drewal, Henry John; Pemberton, John; Abiodun, Rowland; Wardwell, Allen (editor)

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ISBN 10: 0810917947 / ISBN 13: 9780810917941
Published by Center for African Art in Association with H.N. Abrams, New York, 1995
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Folio in white DJ; 256 p, b&w illus (some color) ; 31 cm. Contents: The Yoruba world / Henry John Drewal, John Pemberton III, and Rowland Abiodun -- Ife: origins of art and civilization / Henry John Drewal -- The stone images of Esie / John Pemberton III -- The kingdom of Owo / Rowland Abiodun -- Art and ethos of the Ijebu / Henry John Drewal -- The Oyo empire / John Pemberton III -- The carvers of the Northeast / John Pemberton III -- The artists of the Western kingdoms / Henry John Drewal -- The river that never rests / Henry John Drewal, John Pemberton III, and Rowland Abiodun. || Art and religion -- Nigeria. Several faint scratches to front DJ and few to rear but protected by brodart, very gentle wear to spine foot fold, else fine in very good+ DJ. Bookseller Inventory # 80141

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Title: Yoruba :; nine centuries of African art and ...

Publisher: Center for African Art in Association with H.N. Abrams, New York

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: Third printing.

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Looks at the ritualistic art, religious writings, and philosophy of the Yoruba people in Africa

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Arising around A.D. 800, the ancient, walled Yoruba kingdoms were complex city states headed by sacred rulers, both male and female. Their modern descendants, Yoruba-speaking peoples of Nigeria and Benin, have preserved traditional art forms rooted in a view of the cosmos as alive and in constant flux. The stunning catalogue of a traveling exhibition, this volume serves as a window onto a world where "character is beauty," where rebirth occurs continuously and where spirits, gods and the life force are all-pervasive. Naturalistic terracotta heads, beaded crowns, ceremonial staffs topped with stylized birds, and objects in ivory, bronze, stone and wood display rare artistry. Many of the pieces shown are best understood in a ritual context, provided by Drewal, an art historian at Cleveland State University, and Pemberton, a professor of religion at Amherst.
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