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African masterworks in the Detroit Institute of Arts

Author: Michael KanRoy SieberMary Nooter RobertsDavid W PenneyHelen ShannonAll authors
Publisher: Washington : Published for the Detroit Institute of Arts by the Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1995.
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African Masterworks in the Detroit Institute of Arts showcases eighty-eight of the museum's finest works, representing the full range of major sub-Saharan sculptural traditions during the past three centuries: figures, masks, containers, carved stools, jewelry, and musical instruments. As noted in the introductory material, almost all African art has a functional base - each sculpture's primary justification is its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Catalogs
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Detroit Institute of Arts.
African masterworks in the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Washington : Published for the Detroit Institute of Arts by the Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1995
(OCoLC)604408399
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Kan; Roy Sieber; Mary Nooter Roberts; David W Penney; Helen Shannon; Detroit Institute of Arts.
ISBN: 1560986026 9781560986027
OCLC Number: 32050622
Description: xi, 180 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 30 cm
Responsibility: essays by Michael Kan and Roy Sieber ; text by David W. Penney, Mary Nooter Roberts, and Helen M. Shannon.

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African Masterworks in the Detroit Institute of Arts showcases eighty-eight of the museum's finest works, representing the full range of major sub-Saharan sculptural traditions during the past three centuries: figures, masks, containers, carved stools, jewelry, and musical instruments. As noted in the introductory material, almost all African art has a functional base - each sculpture's primary justification is its effectiveness as a ritual or utilitarian object. Text accompanying each photograph describes not only the circumstances, when known, of the object's creation, but also the harmonious interplay of its aesthetic features and cultural and spiritual function. The catalogue also details the rituals surrounding the religious objects and the social importance of the secular works. Organized by region, from the western Sudan to southern Africa, the book includes essays on the history of each area, as well as maps and an extensive bibliography. Michael Kan, the curator of the collection, provides a history of the museum's African art acquisitions since 1900, and the introduction by Roy Sieber traces the evolution of Western appreciation for African art, describing also the value placed on the objects by the community from which they arose.

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