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Focusing on the theme of warriorhood, Sidney Littlefield Kasfir weaves a complex history of how colonial influence forever changed artistic practice, objects, and their meaning. Looking at two widely diverse cultures, the Idoma in Nigeria and the Samburu in Kenya, Kasfir makes a bold statement about the links between colonialism, the Europeans' image of Africans, Africans' changing self representation, and the impact of global trade on cultural artifacts and the making of art. This intriguing history of the interaction between peoples, aesthetics, morals, artistic objects and practices, and the global trade in African art challenges current ideas about artistic production and representation.

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Explores African art and artistic production in a volatile global marketplace

About the Author

Sidney Littlefield Kasfir is Professor in the Department of Art History at Emory University where she is also Faculty Curator of African Art. She is author of Contemporary African Art and editor of West African Masks and Cultural Systems.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: Colonial Power and Aesthetic Practice

Part 1. Warriors

1. Maa Warriorhood and British Colonial Discourse

2. Idoma Warriorhood and the Pax Britannica

Part 2. Sculptors and Smiths

3. Colonial Rupture and Innovation

4. Samburu Smiths, Idoma Maskmakers: Power at a Distance

Part 3. Masks, Spears, the Body

5. Mask and Spear: Art, Thing, Commodity

6. Warrior Theatre and the Ritualized Body

Part 4. Commodities

7. Idoma Sculpture: Colonialism and the Market for African Art

8. Samburu Encounters with Modernity: Spears as Tourist Souvenirs

9. Samburu Warriors in Hollywood Films: Cinematic Commodities

Reprise: The Three C's: Colonialism, Commodities, and Complex Representations

Coda: From Spears to Guns in the North Rift

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253219220
Author:
Kasfir, Sidney Littlefield
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Author:
Kasfir, Sidney L.
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
African
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Exoticism in art.
Subject:
Art and globalization
Subject:
Great Britain Colonies Africa.
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Subject:
Africa; African Studies; Art and Architecture; Art and Photography; History
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
African Expressive Cultures
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
63 bandw photos, 16 color photos, 2 maps
Pages:
408
Dimensions:
9.09 x 6.27 x 0.99 in

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