Paperback ISBN: 8874395736
Examines the history, iconography and meaning of the royal arts in Cameroon's court of Bamum in the late-19th and early 20th centuries, surveying noteworthy pieces owned by Western collectors while drawing on extensive archival records to offer insight into the reputation-establishing art distribution practices of King Ibrahim Njoya. Original.
The Benin Plaques
A 16th Century Imperial Monument
Hardcover ISBN: 1472451554
The 16th century bronze plaques from the kingdom of Benin are among the most recognized masterpieces of African art, and yet many details of their commission and installation in the palace in Benin City, Nigeria, are little understood. The Benin Plaques, A 16th Century Imperial Monument is a detailed analysis of a corpus of nearly 850 bronze plaques that were installed in the court of the Benin kingdom at the moment of its greatest political power and geographic reach. By examining European accounts, Benin oral histories, and the physical evidence of the extant plaques, Gunsch is the first to propose an installation pattern for the series.
Conscience of the Human Spirit
The Life of Nelson Mandela; Tributes by quilt artists from South Africa and the United States
Paperback ISBN: 0944311253
In 2013 the world mourned the passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, one of its most revered champions of human rights. Mandela provided a moral compass for how we treat each other, how we lead our own lives, and how we need to continue to strive for a just, fair, nonracial, and democratic society. Artists around the world have long made quilts in tribute to Mandela and in support of and advocacy for the principles to which he was devoted. But it is for South Africans and African Americans that making quilts in tribute to Mandela has had special meaning. Conscience of the Human Spirit, which accompanies an exhibition by the same name, features quilts made after Mandela’s death—diverse and powerful pieces reflect the ways in which this remarkable man touched individual lives, changed a nation, and served as the conscience of the human spirit for individuals around the world. This book is a collaborative project of the Michigan State University Museum, Women of Color Quilters Network, and South African quilt artists.
Contemporary African Art Since 1980
Paperback ISBN: 8862080921
By Okwui Enwezor, Chika Okeke-Agulu.
North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermès Collection
Paperback ISBN: 0945802528
Desert Jewels presents a superb collection of jewelry from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Egypt, along with late nineteenth- and early twentieth century photographs of North African landscapes, urban scenes, and portraits. The book blends a careful analysis of traditional North African jewelry design and Amazigh (also known as Berber) culture with dazzling images of ornate necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, and fibulae. Kristyne Loughran's essay, "Jewels in the Dust," shows North African jewelry - ornate, colorful, and heavy - as an expression of the cultural diversity of North Africa and the mingling of its many peoples. In "The History of Photography in North Africa," Cynthia Becker discusses how at the end of the nineteenth century, when archaeological monuments in North Africa were being explored, several prominent European photographers captured the landscapes and people of this region. Many of the images were used in postcards, while others remained hidden in little known collections.