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Smashing pots : works of clay from Africa

Author: Nigel Barley
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1994.
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"In many parts of Africa marriage involves the making of new pots and funerals the smashing of old. Smashing Pots surveys the role of pottery in traditional and modern Africa, the technologies it calls into play and the extraordinary aesthetic effects it achieves. Nigel Barley shows how pottery is used in cultural thought and how it reflects, in Africa, important ways of thinking about human bodies and powers, time  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Bildband
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Barley, Nigel.
Smashing pots.
Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1994
(OCoLC)621659900
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nigel Barley
ISBN: 1560984198 9781560984191
OCLC Number: 31122447
Description: 168 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Contents: 1. The Techniques of Potting --
2. Potters and the Earth --
3. Male and Female in the Making of Pots --
4. The Role of Pots --
5. Vessels of Spirit --
6. Pots as Instruments of Harmony --
7. Decoration and Innovation --
8. Motifs, Motivation and Motives --
9. New Pots for Old --
10. Postscript: Pots as Feats of Clay.
Responsibility: Nigel Barley.

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"In many parts of Africa marriage involves the making of new pots and funerals the smashing of old. Smashing Pots surveys the role of pottery in traditional and modern Africa, the technologies it calls into play and the extraordinary aesthetic effects it achieves. Nigel Barley shows how pottery is used in cultural thought and how it reflects, in Africa, important ways of thinking about human bodies and powers, time and change. Pottery enters into religion and medicine, the structuring of sexuality and the control of fertility and through it important differences emerge between Western and African notions of gender." "Illustrated with field photographs and pots from the British Museum's unsurpassed collection, this book provides the only comprehensive introduction to African pottery currently available."--Jacket.

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