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Arts & crafts of Morocco

Author: James F Jereb
Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 1996.
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The spectacular arts and crafts of Morocco reflect a timeless mingling of influences from Moorish Spain, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East - all the exotic worlds that once congregated at this crossroads of ancient trading routes. Striking in its versatility and diversity, Moroccan art has long influenced artists, architects, and designers. This volume, superbly illustrated with more than 150 original color  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James F Jereb
ISBN: 0811811573 9780811811576
OCLC Number: 32275179
Description: 160 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 26 cm.
Contents: I. Beliefs, Symbols and Tattoos --
II. Textiles: Clothing, Weaving and Embroidery --
III. Jewelry and Adornment --
IV. Leatherwork, Woodwork and Metalwork --
V. Ceramics --
VI. Ceremonies and the Celebration of Life and Death --
Collecting Moroccan Arts and Crafts.
Other Titles: Arts and crafts of Morocco
Responsibility: James F. Jereb.

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The spectacular arts and crafts of Morocco reflect a timeless mingling of influences from Moorish Spain, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East - all the exotic worlds that once congregated at this crossroads of ancient trading routes. Striking in its versatility and diversity, Moroccan art has long influenced artists, architects, and designers. This volume, superbly illustrated with more than 150 original color photographs, brings the dazzling splendor of a thriving artisan tradition to a wider and increasingly appreciative international audience. Vibrantly colored textiles; exquisitely crafted jewelry: finely worked leather, wood, metal; and an enormous collection of pottery and ceramics are all gathered together in this engaging guide by a leading Morocco scholar. These marvelous objects are inspired in form and content by the tribal lifestyle and powerful animistic beliefs of the nomadic artisans, as well as by the compelling aesthetic traditions of the Moslem world, giving each item's utility and remarkable beauty a spiritual resonance. With a lively text describing traditional artistic forms and techniques, and a comprehensive analysis of the belief systems, festivals, and ceremonies to which the arts are linked, Arts and Crafts of Morocco will prove irresistible not only to those intrigued by this fascinating land, but also to collectors, designers, and anyone in search of original decorative ideas.

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