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Heroic Africans: Legendary Leaders, Iconic Sculptures (Hardback)

Alisa LaGamma

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ISBN 10: 0300175841 / ISBN 13: 9780300175844
Edité par Yale University Press, United States, 2011
Neuf(s) Etat : New Hardback
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Language: English . Brand New Book. Over the centuries, artists across sub-Saharan Africa have memorialized eminent figures in their societies using an astonishingly diverse repertoire of naturalistic and abstract sculptural idioms. Adopting complex aesthetic fromulations, they idealized their subjects but also added specific details-such as emblems of rank, scarification patterns, and elaborate coiffures-in order to evoke the individuals represented. Imbued with the essence of their formidable subjects, these works played an essential role in reifying ties with important ancestors at critical moments of transition. Often their transfer from one generation to the next was a prerequisite for conferring legitimacy upon the leaders who followed. The arrival of Europeans as traders, then as colonizers, led to the dislocation of many of these sculptures from their original sites, as well as from the contexts in which they were conceived; thus, today, they are seen primarily as timeless representations of generic archetypes.Heroic Africans reexamines the sculptures in terms of the individuals who inspired them and the cultural values that informed them, providing insight into the hidden meaning and inspiration behind these great artistic achievements. Author Alisa LaGamma considers the landmark sculptural traditions of the kingdoms of Ife and Benin, both in Nigeria; Ghana and Cote d Ivoire s Akan chiefdoms; the Bangwa and Kom chiefdoms of the Cameroon Grassfields; the Chokwe cheifdoms of Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (D.R.C.); and the D.R.C s Luluwa, Kuba, and Hemba chiefdoms. More than 140 masterpieces created between the 12th and the early 20th century-complemented by maps, drawings, and excavation and ceremonial photographs-reveal the religious and aesthetic conventions that defined distinct regional genres. N° de réf. du libraire AAH9780300175844

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Titre : Heroic Africans: Legendary Leaders, Iconic ...

Éditeur : Yale University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2011

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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Over the centuries, artists across sub-Saharan Africa have memorialized eminent figures in their societies using an astonishingly diverse repertoire of naturalistic and abstract sculptural idioms. The arrival of Europeans as traders, then as colonizers, led to the isolation of many of these sculptures from their original sites, as well as from the contexts in which they were conceived; thus, today, they are seen primarily as timeless representations of generic archetypes. This extensively illustrated publication reexamines major landmarks of African art in terms of the individuals who inspired them and the cultural values that informed them, providing insight into the hidden meaning and inspiration behind these great artistic achievements. 'Heroic Africans' considers the landmark sculptural traditions of the Kingdom of Benin and the Ife civilization in Nigeria; the Akan people of Ghana; the Bangwa, Kom and related chiefdoms of the Cameroon Grassfields; the Chokwe of Angola and Zambia; and, the Luluwa, Hemba and Kuba of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Some 116 masterpieces created between the 12th and the early 20th century - complemented by maps, drawings, and excavation and documentary photographs - reveal the religious and aesthetic conventions that defined distinct regional genres.

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