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Heroic Africans (N° 19414)
Over the centuries, artists in sub-Saharan Africa have commemorated eminent personalities in their societies using a surprisingly varied repertoire of naturalistic and abstract sculptural expressions.
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Adopting complex aesthetic formulations, they idealized their subjects but also added specific details, such as rank emblems, scarification patterns and elaborate hairstyles, to evoke the individuals depicted. Imbued with the essence of their formidable subjects, these works played an essential role in reifying links with important ancestors at critical moments of transition. Often, their transmission from one generation to the next was a prerequisite for conferring legitimacy on the leaders who followed them.
Author Alisa LaGamma examines the significant sculptural traditions of the kingdoms of Ife and Benin, both in Nigeria; the Akan chiefdoms of Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire; the Bangwa and Kom chiefdoms of the Grassfields of Cameroon; and the Chokwe chiefdoms of Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C.). ); and the Luluwa, Kuba, and Hemba chiefdoms of the D.R.C. More than 140 masterpieces created between the 12th and early 20th centuries, complemented by maps, drawings, and photographs of excavations and ceremonies, reveal the religious and aesthetic conventions that define the different regional genres.
Author: Alisa LaGamma
Color and black and white photographs
Number of pages: 298
Dimensions: 300 x 220 mm
ISBN : 978-0300175844
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