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African art and the colonial encounter : inventing a global commodity

Author: Sidney Littlefield Kasfir
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©2007.
Series: African expressive cultures.
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Focusing on the theme of warriorhood, Sidney Littlefield Kasfir weaves a complex history of how colonial influence forever changed artistic practice, objects, and their meaning. Looking at two widely diverse cultures, the Idoma in Nigeria and the Samburu in Kenya, Kasfir makes a bold statement about the links between colonialism, the Europeans' image of Africans, Africans' changing self representation, and the  Read more...
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Kasfir, Sidney Littlefield.
African art and the colonial encounter.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©2007
(DLC) 2007007408
(OCoLC)85019054
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sidney Littlefield Kasfir
ISBN: 9780253022653 0253022657
OCLC Number: 608429342
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 381 pages) : illustrations.
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Introduction: colonial power and aesthetic practice --
Part 1. Warriors. Maa warriorhood and British colonial discource. --
Idoma warriorhood and the Pax Britannica --
Part 2. Sculptors and smiths. Colonial rupture and innovation: the colonizer as inadvertent patron --
Samburu smiths, Idoma maskmakers: power at a distance --
Part 3. Masks, spears, the body. Mask and spear: art, thing, commodity --
Warrior theatre and the ritualized body --
Part 4. Commodities. Idoma sculpture: colonialism and the market for African art --
Samburu encounters with modernity: spears as tourist souvenirs --
Samburu warriors in Hollywood films: cinematic commodities --
Reprise: the three C's: colonialism, commidities, and complex representations --
Coda: from spears to guns in the North Rift.
Series Title: African expressive cultures.
Responsibility: Sidney Littlefield Kasfir.
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"A rich and highly informative account of the many factors that impact artistic production in Africa." Victoria Rovine, University of Florida

 
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