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DJENNE-JENO: 1000 YEARS OF TERRACOTTA STATUARY IN MALI. Bernard de Grunne. Mercatorfonds, Brussels, 2014. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Yale University Press, New Haven. 400 pp. with 389 ills. (337 col.). 31 x 25 cm. LC 2014-946928 ISBN 9780300188707 In English.
Publisher's description: Extensive fieldwork in Mali in 1982 led to fascinating discoveries about the function of elegant and sophisticated ancient terracotta sculptures found there as well as their religious and cultural significance. Djenne-Jeno investigates this important research and traces potential connections between regions in West Africa whose artistic styles were previously thought to have developed independently. Generously illustrated with hundreds of color images, this book represents a significant contribution to the study of an art form virtually unknown until a few decades ago. Due to its remarkable soil quality, the uniquely fertile Inland Niger Delta played a crucial role in the development of clay architecture and sculpture in West Africa. The ancient Islamic city of Jenne, located in present-day Sudan, was the first to establish the region's spectacular cylindrical-brick architecture, crafted from the rich earth found there. This clay is also the medium of the terracotta sculptures, more than 300 of which emerged in the early second millennium A.D.
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Africa — Mali — Sculpture
Plans: 71,54
Worldwide Number: 152347
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