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Embodiments Masterworks (N° 19402)

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Focusing on a unique and extensive collection of figurative sculpture from sub-Saharan Africa, this book examines not only each distinctive piece, but also the ways in which these works of art express value systems and cultural relationships within and outside Africa.
The Richard H. Scheller Collection, presented in this book and exhibited at the de Young in San Francisco, offers a diverse portrait of sub-Saharan African sculpture. More than 100 distinct ethnic groups from over 20 countries today are represented in this book by works of art spanning several centuries and encompassing a wide range of styles, from realism to abstraction. In their original context, these objects represent ancestors, express community values, and serve religious and ceremonial purposes.
Beautifully photographed in natural light, these sculptures range from classical and iconic to rare and unusual and challenge preconceived notions about African art.
The geographic scope of the collection and the variations in representations will allow readers to explore both the history and the formal qualities of the genre. Enlightening essays by leading scholars provide a better understanding of 122 key objects, as well as key texts on the major sculptures and the nuances of the artistic canon with respect to more unusual works of African art. Essays on the scientific testing of the pieces and the process of photographing the works complete this illustrious volume that broadens our understanding of African figurative art.

Text: Christina Hellmich and Manuel Jordan
Color photographs by Robert A. Kato
Condition: NEW
Language: English
Number of pages: 303
Dimensions: 310 x 250 mm
ISBN : 978-3791354330

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