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This beautiful book on the art of Africa south of the Sahara explores 49 cultural areas as regards their artistic production and their political and social structures. The 49 areas are broadly divided under sections for the coast of West Africa; inland West Africa; Nigeria and Cameroon; Gabon and Zaire; and Eastern and Southern Africa.
Each section has its own bibliography. The book includes 865 illustrations of which a least 195 are full color photographs. There are also many maps of the areas under study. The reference section at the end encompasses a further bibliography, lists of major museums and major dealers in African art, a glossary and an index.
The book is a masterpiece that makes accessible the entire panoply of black African tribal arts from the first millennium to the end of the nineteenth century. It is an indispensable reference source for the serious collector and a beautiful encyclopaedia for any art lover.
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on 24 October 2008
On the face of it this book looks quite good but when you realise that tribal art means that the art work must have been used during tribal ceremonies thus excluding modern artefacts the whole exercise becomes pointless and meaningless.
Works from 49 tribal areas are recorded mainly from Gabon, Zaire,Nigeria and Cameroon.This work is good but far to many representations are in black and white.The art of Ethiopia is virtually ignored
Not a book to be recommended.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 31 October 2013
This Thames & Hudson book is a sumptuously illustrated survey of African tribal art. The author, Jean-Baptiste Bacquart, is a former head of Tribal Art at Sotheby's. I'd wanted a book on this subject for a very long time when I came across this on Amazon; it is far better than I even imagined it would be. Five sections cover different regions within Africa and detail the characteristics of that region's artefacts. As the author stresses, the items covered in the book are all objects that would have been used within the various communities - not objects aimed at the tourist trade. It is extremely difficult for the amateur enthusiast to correctly identify age and origin of this type of art; this book is very useful for that and the illustrations reveal how great the debt of certain prominent twentieth century artists should be towards the unknown producers of these beautiful things who innately appear to have understood what to leave out. Brief details are given too of the individual tribes. A comprehensive guide and a most wonderful book!
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on 27 May 2015
If you are looking for gentle introduction to the magnificent tribal art of Africa then I can heartily suggest this book. It isn't some in-depth, research laden tome but a quick-fire, lovingly illustrated toe-dip into the vast array of work produced by these amazing artists. It's a great jump off point for beginning the journey into African art which opens many doors. I bought it with an interest in the Baule tribe but I have learned so much more and it has fueled my pursuit for greater knowledge. Buy it, enjoy it, let it be the first step on a very worthwhile and fascinating journey.
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on 6 January 2014
I am interested in modern art and especially its influence by African art.This book gives a perfect picture covering the whole range of African art referring to its origin, purpose, function,size and location.Each section is thoroughly documented and accompanied by superb colour and black and white photographs.This book is a priceless guide and information source for African art admirers.
It also gives you insight how closely linked are modern art with African art.
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on 2 April 2014
Lots of pictures of masks & what Tribe made them, it including the occasions they were used for. Anybody interested in African tribal Art then this is the Book for them as it goes beyond the aesthetic face of African Art as it displays & defines the remarkable fruits of thousands of years of black African creative endeavour. A really interesting read.
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on 5 December 2015
Very interesting book with good images of mainly figurative sculptures
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on 15 August 2015
the best v good
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on 24 December 2012
Good description of product
Fixed price was reasonable considering rarity
Would trade again for sure
Postage price also was good
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on 19 December 2012
Good book. The pictures are clear and the information easy to understand.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in African Art
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