From Introduction - Startling, mysterious and beautiful, the works of African art in this collection cast a powerful spell on the beholder. The haunting features of a Baule face mask or a Dogon male figure, like mythic totems, seem to pierce the barriers separating one culture from another, one age from the next. In looking at the Luba Skankadi divination figures, an exquisite mother and child sculpture with a rich black patina, one sees the same tender an protective imagery so familiar o us in the sculptures of Henry Moore on the same theme. Beneath surfaces of primal and often rugged beauty, these works comment on the world and on mankind with a timeless metaphorical wisdom.
260 pages, 430 lots illustrated in color photographs.