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For hearth and altar : African ceramics from the Keith Achepohl collection

Author: Kathleen Bickford Berzock; Art Institute of Chicago.
Publisher: Chicago, IL : Art Institute of Chicago and Yale University Press, 2005.
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Practicing centuries-old techniques that have been passed through generations, African potters craft their wares by hand from terra cotta clay, firing them in the open to create vessels of amazing durability. These pieces embody an immediacy of form and a deceptive simplicity that reflect their makers{u2019} deep understanding of material, process, and embellishment. This exquisite book presents a virtuoso group of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
Exhibitions
Expositions
Named Person: Keith Achepohl; Keith Achepohl; Keith Achepohl
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kathleen Bickford Berzock; Art Institute of Chicago.
ISBN: 0300111495 9780300111491 0865592217 9780865592216
OCLC Number: 61917029
Notes: Published in conjunction with an exhibition held at the Art Institute of Chicago, Dec. 3, 2005-Feb. 20, 2006.
Description: 203 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Contents: Conversation with Keith Achepohl --
Ceramics in Africa --
Map of Africa --
Ancient civiliations of the Niger Bend --
Berber North Africa --
West Africa: Sahel and Savanna --
West Africa: forest and coast --
Eastern Nigeria and Cameroon --
Central Africa --
Eastern and southern Africa.
Responsibility: Kathleen Bickford Berzock.
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Practicing centuries-old techniques that have been passed through generations, African potters craft their wares by hand from terra cotta clay, firing them in the open to create vessels of amazing durability. These pieces embody an immediacy of form and a deceptive simplicity that reflect their makers{u2019} deep understanding of material, process, and embellishment. This exquisite book presents a virtuoso group of African ceramics collected by printmaker and professor Keith Achepohl over the past 25 years. Focusing on the aesthetic accomplishment of each work, Achepohl has assembled a collection that ranges in date from the 3rd to the mid-20th century, spans the African continent, and displays the full range and artistry of African ceramics. Beginning with a small group of archeological pieces that demonstrate the historical roots of ceramic traditions in Africa, the book also offers a larger selection that highlights the continuing connection between pottery and village life, secular and sacred, in Africa. Among the featured works are large, dramatic storage and water containers; mid-sized vessels designed to hold personal belongings, serve food, and brew beer and palm wine; and small bottles and embellished containers made as luxury items and for religious and ritual use.

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