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The World of Spirits and Ancestors: In the Art of Western Sub-Saharan Africa

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Introduces masks and figures from the African sculpture collection at the Museum of Texas Tech University, made from the late nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century, and discusses their significance in social and spiritual communications in the cultures of western sub- Saharan Africa. Includes information on the peoples of the region, styles of shelter, craftsmen's materials and techniques, b&w drawings, and color photos of items in the collections, some of them blurry.
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A magnificent full-color book introducing a collection of traditional western Sub-Saharan African art.

Synopsis:

A magnificent full-color book introducing a collection of traditional western sub-Saharan African art.

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The World of Spirits and Ancestors in the Art of Western Sub-Saharan Africa illustrates for the first time a collection of African Sculpture at the Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. The masks and figurative carvings from the late nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century are from two sources: Ambassador and Mrs. Julius Walker's gift to ICASALS (International Center for Arid and Semiarid Land Studies), now on permanent loan to the Museum, and the Elliot Howard Collection. Howard, an artist and authority on antiques, chose examples of sculpture for their "variety and aesthetic appeal". His hope was that the pieces he assembled would provide new discoveries for those unacquainted with the art of Africa and an art experience that would "enhance mutual respect among people". Fittingly, then, a context for understanding is the focus of Elizabeth Skidmore Sasser's book. As the title suggests, The World of Spirits and Ancestors introduces carefully chosen examples of masks and figures as social and spiritual communications imbued with the living history and culture of the various peoples of western sub-Saharan Africa. Sasser emphasizes that geography and climate - ranging from semiarid deserts to tropical rain forests - influence not only the art but also the habitations and ceremonial life of the region. More than 180 drawings and illustrations reflect the creative genius that continues to meet environmental challenges and to express the distinctive contributions of the cultures and the people of western sub-Saharan Africa.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780896723467
Author:
Sasser, Thomas J.
Author:
Sasser, Thomas J.
Publisher:
Texas Tech University Press
Location:
Lubbock, Tex. :
Subject:
Art
Subject:
African
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Art, modern
Subject:
Sculpture
Subject:
Texas
Subject:
History - African
Subject:
Art, Black
Subject:
Art -- Texas -- Lubbock.
Subject:
Sculpture & Installation
Subject:
Art, African - 20th century
Subject:
Howard, Elliot - Art collections
Subject:
Art - Sculpture
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
SNR-RM2
Publication Date:
19950431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
11.55x9.19x1.16 in. 2.66 lbs.

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A magnificent full-color book introducing a collection of traditional western Sub-Saharan African art.

"Synopsis" by , A magnificent full-color book introducing a collection of traditional western sub-Saharan African art.
"Synopsis" by , The World of Spirits and Ancestors in the Art of Western Sub-Saharan Africa illustrates for the first time a collection of African Sculpture at the Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. The masks and figurative carvings from the late nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century are from two sources: Ambassador and Mrs. Julius Walker's gift to ICASALS (International Center for Arid and Semiarid Land Studies), now on permanent loan to the Museum, and the Elliot Howard Collection. Howard, an artist and authority on antiques, chose examples of sculpture for their "variety and aesthetic appeal". His hope was that the pieces he assembled would provide new discoveries for those unacquainted with the art of Africa and an art experience that would "enhance mutual respect among people". Fittingly, then, a context for understanding is the focus of Elizabeth Skidmore Sasser's book. As the title suggests, The World of Spirits and Ancestors introduces carefully chosen examples of masks and figures as social and spiritual communications imbued with the living history and culture of the various peoples of western sub-Saharan Africa. Sasser emphasizes that geography and climate - ranging from semiarid deserts to tropical rain forests - influence not only the art but also the habitations and ceremonial life of the region. More than 180 drawings and illustrations reflect the creative genius that continues to meet environmental challenges and to express the distinctive contributions of the cultures and the people of western sub-Saharan Africa.
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