Synopses & Reviews
From Palaeothic times to the present, people have used masks to add power and mystery to religious rituals, warfare and entertainment. This companion volume to the 1999-2000 exhibtion at The Saint Louis Museum of Art provides a cultural history of these artefacts.
From Paleolithic times to have to present, people used masks to add power and mystery to religious rituals, warfare, and entertainment. This lavishly illustrated book, the companion volume to an exhibition opening at The Saint Louis Art Museum, provides a stunning and comprehensive cultural history of these universal human artifacts.
Transporting readers across centuries and continents, the authors compare and contrast the use of masks in initiation rites and Mardi Gras, Greek tragedy and commedia dell'arte, warfare and football. The 200 colorplates, illustrating such fascinating examples as African ceremonial masks, the Apollo 15 space helmet, and an Egyptian death mask, make this landmark study as visually spectacular as it is thought-provoking.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 337-339) and index.
Table of Contents
Introduction /Cara McCarty, John W. Nunley --Prehistory and origins /John W. Nunley --Rites of passage /John W. Nunley --Festivals of renewal /John W. Nunley --Men as women /John W. Nunley --Theater /John Emigh, Lesley K. Ferris, Cara McCarty --Offense,defense /Cara McCarty.