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Visions of Africa Kuba (N° 19494)

An essential and fascinating panorama of the Kuba people, the Democratic Republic of Congo and its art, illustrated by sixty particularly representative pieces.
This book brings together for the first time the most remarkable specimens of Kuba sculpture and decorative arts, mostly wooden objects from the world's greatest museums and private collections.
While the royal figures (ndop) of the Kuba people are considered to be the most finished sculptures in all of sub-Saharan Africa, historically the Kuba have produced very few statues. On the one hand, they are dedicated to an unprecedented variety of decorative arts, used as indicators of success and achievement. They have also produced a large quantity of masks and other objects related to initiation rituals, associated with societies of men whose main concern remains the training of the youngest in the values of these societies and the cult of the dead. This book studies the permanent aspirations of the Kuba, perceptible through the proliferation of an artistic production directly linked to the desire for social ascension and the prestige that accompanies it in the political and economic spheres. It also analyzes the belief in the power of the spirits of nature and the spirits of recently deceased members of the tribe.

Authors: David A. Binkley & Patricia Darish
Editions: Five Continents
Color and black & white photographs
Condition: NEW
Language: French
Number of pages: 144
Dimensions: 165 x 240 mm
ISBN : 978-8874394036

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Weight0.55 Kg

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