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This review is from: The Tribal Arts of Africa: Surveying Africa's Artistic Geography (Hardcover)
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!