Hardback, no dust jacket, 12" x 10 ", 472 Pages. A total of 1075 color illustrations. Detailed 2-page map, notes, bibliography and glossary. 557 objects presented in full-color in full-page format. All 557 items are repeated in color thumbnails with concise and informative descriptions. Text written by Christopher D. Roy and Thomas G.B. Wheelock. Photographs by Jerry L. Thompson. Published by Prestel, 2007.
The objects featured, as the title suggests, are principally Masks, but there are also Chief Figures, Chief Posts, Weapons and Horsegear, Spirit posts, Protection and Divination Sculpture, Prestige Staffs and Scepters, Spoons, Lamps, Combs and Pipes, Dolls, Heddle Pulleys, Doors and Door Locks, Chairs and Stools. The masks are from the following tribes or peoples : Nuna, Nunuma/Winiama, Lela, Sisala, Mossi, Kurumba, Bwa, Marka-Dafing, Samo, Bobo, Bolon and Zara, Tusyan.
The quality of the selected sculptures is matched by the quality of the photographs, presentation, format and paper.
The bad news is that the book is out-of-print and very expensive, but it must be considered as indispensable nonetheless.