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A Host of Devils : the History and Context of the Making of Makonde Spirit Sculpture.

Author: Zachary Kingdon
Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2013.
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A Host of Devils provides an in-depth account of the background, origin and development of the spirit figure sculptures which emerged during colonial times among the Makonde people of Mozambique. The creation of such works is shown to connect with a regional system of knowledge and practice, within which spirits function as a format for expression. The book describes the ways in which the sculpture emerged, as well  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Kingdon, Zachary.
A Host of Devils : The History and Context of the Making of Makonde Spirit Sculpture.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Zachary Kingdon
ISBN: 9781136476730 1136476733
OCLC Number: 863823342
Description: 1 online resource (267 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Cosmology and power; List of Figures; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 The Makonde; The origins of Makonde ethnic identity; The regime of the Companhia do Nyassa; The cotton regime, 1938-6 1; FRELIMO and the liberation struggle; The Makonde diaspora in Tanzania; 2 Cosmology and the body; Mapiko masquerade; The paradox of the dancing dead; Tattooing: the ""mask of defiance""; Conclusion: mastery in the world; 3 Carvers and patrons; The carver in pre-colonial Makonde society; Nyekenya Nangundu and the origins of blackwoodcarving. Colonial patronageMohamed Peera and the Dar es Salaam 'School'; 4 Apprenticeship; Fundi Hendrick Thobias; Carving lessons: the carving process; Carving shetani; Carving mawingu; Mpingo: the sculptural medium; 5 Spirits, affliction andexpression; Spirits and shetani sculpture: Hendrick's oeuvre; The iconography of spirit representation; Some cultural significances of spirits; Deprivation and expression; Spirit sculptures as objects of reflection; Spirit sculptures as instruments of mediation; 6 The role and position of the sculptor; The blackwood carver as migrant. Samaki Likankoa and the first spirit figuresA category of the artist?; The position and project of the sculptor; 7 Realms of mastery and subjugation, instruments of mediation and passage; Originality, play and exchange: negotiating environments of confidence and anxiety; Artefacts, ontology and identification; The texture of play; 8 Conclusion The creative project; Mpingo and personhood; The creative project; Glossary; Bibliography; Subject Index.

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"A Host of Devils" provides an in-depth account of the background, origin and development of the spirit figure sculptures which emerged during colonial times among the Makonde people who mainly  Read more...

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'This is a book that should be in every library devoted to African art.' - T.O.Beidelman, Anthropos

 
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