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Hemba

Author: Luigi Spina; Constantijn Petridis
Publisher: Milan : 5 continents, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Expressing one of many Luba sub-styles, the tall, standing male figures created by master carvers of the Hemba culture in southeastern Congo since at least the mid-1800s arguably rank among the noblest sculptural depictions of the human figure in sub-Saharan Africa. With their serene gaze and meditative expression, they exude a tranquility and dignity that befits these idealized likenesses memorializing esteemed  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Photobooks
Pictorial works
Named Person: Luigi Spina; Luigi Spina
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Luigi Spina; Constantijn Petridis
ISBN: 9788874398034 8874398034
OCLC Number: 1004280791
Language Note: Text in English and French.
Notes: Photographs.
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Description: 143 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 35 cm
Responsibility: Luigi Spina ; with an essay by Costa Petridis = avec un texte de Costa Petridis.
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In this publication, through the perceptive lens of art photographer Luigi Spina, we discover nine of the most accomplished Hemba creations and learn why these proportionally balanced and  Read more...

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