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Africa, arts and cultures

Author: John Mack; British Museum.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
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"There are countless ways of looking at African art - in terms of ethnography, aesthetics, history, and the many ways these combine with personal knowledge and preference to influence the viewer. In Africa: Arts and Cultures the world-famous African art collection of the British Museum provides an exceptional opportunity to explore our contemporary knowledge of African objects and the cultures that created them. The  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Africa, arts and cultures.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2000
(OCoLC)606502923
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Mack; British Museum.
ISBN: 0195217276 9780195217278
OCLC Number: 48015137
Notes: "The occasion for the publication of this book is the opening of the Sainsbury African Galleries, part of the Great Court scheme, at the British Museum"--Preface.
Simultaneously published: London : British Museum Press, 2000.
Description: 224 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Contents: North, North-east Africa and the Sahara / Christopher Spring, Julie Hudson --
West Africa / Nigel Barley --
Central Africa / John Mack --
East and Southern Africa / John Mack.
Other Titles: Africa
Responsibility: edited by John Mack.
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"There are countless ways of looking at African art - in terms of ethnography, aesthetics, history, and the many ways these combine with personal knowledge and preference to influence the viewer. In Africa: Arts and Cultures the world-famous African art collection of the British Museum provides an exceptional opportunity to explore our contemporary knowledge of African objects and the cultures that created them. The rare pan-African scope of the book allows objects from each of the five regions of Africa to come to light. Many readers familiar with the masks and wooden figures commonly collected a century ago will be surprised also to see the Tunisian wedding tunic included here, or a water bottle of ostrich eggshell from the San in southern Africa, or a multimedia monoprint made by a Nigerian artist in 1999"--Jacket.

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