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Kota: Visions of Africa Series: Visions of Africa Series (Visions of Africa)

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The Kota people, who live in Gabon in the coastal area of western equatorial Africa, have developed an astonishing creativity in representations of their ancestors. Dreamlike figures combine a sharp sense of stylized reality tending toward abstraction with an extraordinary and imaginative use of copper, tin, and iron for purposes of decoration. But what seems at first to have been a matter of aesthetic taste has in fact a symbolic function, as most of the decorative motifs and the choice of the technique are linked to the kinship system or religious beliefs. The reliquary figures and initiation masks of the Kota and Mbete served both as aide-mémoires and as instruments useful in arousing the forces of the netherworld among the Gabonese and Congolese in times past. Together with the Fang byeri and other nkisi punu, they have gradually become the time-honored emblems of a culture paying tribute to ancestral values of the peoples of the African equatorial forest.

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Louis Perrois is an ethnologist specializing in the ancient arts and cultures of equatorial Africa.

Product Details

ISBN:
9788874396078
Author:
Perrois, Louis
Publisher:
5 Continents
Author:
Louis Perrois
Subject:
African
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Visions of Africa
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
62 color and 18 black-and-white illustra
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.5 in

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