50 masterpieces of african art. Selected treasures from the great museums & collections of the world, in addition to remarkable discoveries, are explained vividly & authoritatively. Three millennia are revisited, from rock art of the sahara & terracotta figures from the "lost" cultures of nok & sokoto (first millennium bc), to bronzes from the kingdom of benin (16th century) & the banners of the asafo corporations (20th century). the range of amterials knows no bounds: bronze, gold or ivory, wood, terracotta or cotton are all represented. Important ethnic groups & religions of africa are included, among them the dogon, bamana, senufo, yoruba, chokwe, luba & shona.
the area covered is vast, encompassing the carpets of the berbers of morocco, eadwork by ndebele women of south africa, saltcellars from sierra leone in west africa & makonde masks in the east. This book consists of four chapters, each eginning with a brief introduction to the area concerned: central, east & southern africa, west africa, and mediterranean north africa. Each of the "icons" chosen is accompanied by a description of its notable artistic & iconographic features. The result is an informative survey of african art, shown through a selection of its outstanding achievements.