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Heroic Africans : legendary leaders, iconic sculptures

Author: Alisa LaGamma; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.); Museum Rietberg.
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art ; New Haven [Conn.] : distributed by Yale University Press, 2011.
Series: Metropolitan Museum of Art publications
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Over the centuries, artists across sub-Saharan Africa have memorialized eminent figures in their societies using an astonishingly diverse repertoire of naturalistic and abstract sculptural idioms. Adopting complex aesthetic fromulations, they idealized their subjects but also added specific details--such as emblems of rank, scarification patterns, and elaborate coiffures--in order to evoke the individuals  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Ausstellung
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alisa LaGamma; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.); Museum Rietberg.
ISBN: 9781588394323 1588394328 9780300175844 0300175841
OCLC Number: 711045520
Notes: Issued in connection with an exhibition held Sept. 20, 2011-Jan. 29, 2012, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and at the Rietberg Museum, Zürich, at later dates.
Description: xi, 298 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 31 cm.
Contents: Visual poems in praise of an ever-present past: Ife terracottas --
Pageantry and ritual: the Akan --
Dancing figures and effigy thrones: Grassfield chiefdoms --
The golden age of Shyáám and beyond: the Kuba --
Of hunter princes and cherished maidens: the Chokwe and Luluwa --
Sublime chiefs and the persistence of memory: the Hemba.
Series Title: Metropolitan Museum of Art publications
Responsibility: Alisa LaGamma.

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Challenging conventional understanding of key masterpieces of African sculpture, this important book acknowledges the eminent figures who inspired the works and the cultural values that informed them  Read more...

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Winner of the Prix International du Livre d'Art Tribal English edition of 2012. Prix International du Livre d'Art Tribal

 
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