University of Wisconsin Press, 1972 Cloth: 978-0-299-05820-3 | Paper: 978-0-299-05824-1 Library of Congress Classification N7398.A35 Dewey Decimal Classification 709.66
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ABOUT THIS BOOK
A series of fourteen thought-provoking essays by art historians, anthropologists, and historians analyzes the complex interactions between art and leadership in sub-Saharan Africa. Amply and carefully illustrated throughout.
Herbert M. Cole, author of Icons: Ideals and Power in the Art of Africa, is emeritus professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Douglas Fraser is emeritus professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University.
"It is impossible in a review to do justice to a book like this. As well as being informative and perceptive the contributors are conscientious and cautious in their speculation."—West Africa
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Kindi Aristocrats and Their Art among the Lega
Chokwe: Political Art in a Plebian Society
Ndop: Royal Statues among the Kuba
Gon: A Mask Used in Competition for Leadership among the BaKwele
Ibo Art and Authority
Humorous Masks and Serious Politics among Afikpo Ibo
Royal Sculpture in the Cameroons Grasslands
The Symbols of Ashanti Kingship
The Diffusion of Ashanti Political Art
Kwahu Terracottas, Oral Traditions, and Ghanaian History
Gold-Plated Objects of Baule Notables
Ife, The Art of an Ancient Nigerian Aristocracy
The Sign of the Divine King: Yoruba Bead-Embroidered Crowns with Veil and Bird Decorations
The Fish-Legged Figure in Benin and Yoruba Art
Art and Leadership: An Overview
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