Animals in African Art: From the Familiar to the Marvelous by Allen F. Roberts

Animals in African Art: From the Familiar to the Marvelous by Allen F. Roberts

$75.00
The book provides information about the role animals play in different African tribes and how they are interpreted in art form, also how they are used and what powers they represent or embody. It's an excellent reference book, and you probably won't be able to get this much longer at a reasonable price.
12" x 9", 192 pages, 148 objects in color, about 100 field photos, bibliography. Text by Allen F. Roberts
Published to commemorate an exhibition in the Museum for African Art in New York, (sadly closed, not yet re-opened), this book does a good job in reviewing the role of animals in African tribal art. Approximately the first 100 pages are text and field photos examining how tribal peoples are inspired by animals and how they incorporate them into their artwork. Some portrayals are highly stylized, and some are more realistic. The balance of the book is the catalogue of objects from the exhibition, and includes animal depictions in masks, figures, textiles, ornamental objects, headdresses, and sculptures.
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