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SECRECY: AFRICAN ART THAT CONCEALS AND REVEALS. Mary H. Nooter et al. Museum for African Art, New York, 1993. Published in association with Prestel-Verlag, Munich. 256 pp. with 233 ills. (162 col.). 31 x 24 cm. LC 92-38495 ISBN 3791312308 In English.
Illuminates the complex role of secrecy as a strategy of artistic expression, a means of social organization and a method of regulating knowledge and power in diverse African societies, presenting fine reproductions and concise descriptions of 86 sculptures, masks, textiles and other works from more than 30 Sub-Saharan cultures. Ten scholarly essays well illustrated with documentary photographs explore the paradoxical functions of concealment and revelation in specific cultural groups, discussing the concept of obscurity in Bantu societies, the production of coded murals by Sotho-Tswana women of South Africa, the value of secret knowledge in initiation rituals among the Vagla of northwestern Ghana, and the importance of dissimulation in transactions between contemporary Dogon artists and their tourist clients.
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Africa
Plans: 01,06,07,08,17
Worldwide Number: 023983
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