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Congo masks : masterpieces from Central Africa : a book and catalogue

Author: Marc Leo Felix; Viviane Baeke; Paul Louis; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts,; Congo Basin Art History Research Center,
Publisher: Richmond, Virginia : Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, New Haven : Distributed by Yale University Press 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American editionView all editions and formats
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This splendid illustrated exploration of masks and masking ceremonies from the Democratic Republic of the Congo presents more than 130 outstanding wooden masks dating from the 18th to the 20th century. Visually stunning and spiritually charged, these objects connected wearers with their ancestors and were part of elaborate costumes used in ritual performances. Including some of the finest works of African art in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Catalogs
Exhibition catalogs
Exhibitions
Named Person: Maske
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marc Leo Felix; Viviane Baeke; Paul Louis; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts,; Congo Basin Art History Research Center,
ISBN: 0300238754 9780300238754
OCLC Number: 1029880009
Notes: Catalog of an exhibition held at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, November 10, 2018-February 24, 2019.
Description: 390 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 30 cm
Contents: Masking in Congo : Introduction / Marc Leo Felix --
Ukongo stylistic zone / Marc Leo Felix --
Ukwango stylistic zone / Arthur Bourgeois, Zoe S. Strother, Julien Volper, Viviane Baeke --
Ukete stylistic zone / Rik Ceyssens --
Ukuba stylistic zone / David Binkley --
Urunda stylistic zone / Manuel Jordan --
Uruwa stylistic zone / Constantine Petridis, Julien Volper, Viviane Baeke --
Utanganyika stylistic zone / Marc Leo Felix --
Umaniema stylistic zone / Pol P. Gossiaux, Viviane Baeke, Marc Leo Felix --
Uituri stylistic zone / Marc Leo Felix --
Ubangi stylistic zone / Kellum H. Brown --
Umongo stylistic zone / Marc Leo Felix --
Masks and musical instruments / Manuel Jordan.
Responsibility: editor, Marc Leo Felix ; authors: Dr. Viviane Baeke [and 10 others] ; photos, Paul Louis.

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This splendid illustrated exploration of masks and masking ceremonies from the Democratic Republic of the Congo presents more than 130 outstanding wooden masks dating from the 18th to the 20th century. Visually stunning and spiritually charged, these objects connected wearers with their ancestors and were part of elaborate costumes used in ritual performances. Including some of the finest works of African art in private hands, this volume features masks from eleven distinct stylistic zones: Ukongo, Ukwango, Ukete, Ukuba, Urunda, Uruwa, Utanganyika, Umaniema, Uituri, Ubangi, and Umongo. Displaying an enormous diversity of materials, design, and craftsmanship, these masks reflect the wide range of natural resources available throughout the Congo region and illuminate the unique belief systems of local populations. Accessible and informative essays provide insight into these extraordinary objects and are enlivened by both new photography and archival images showing the ceremonial use of masks in early 20th-century Congo. Exhibition: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, USA (10.11.2018-18.02.2019).

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