Masks: faces of culture
John Wallace Nunley, Cara McCarty, John Emigh, Lesley Ferris, St. Louis Art Museum, Field Museum of Natural History, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Abrams in association with the Saint Louis Art Museum, 1999 - Art - 344 pages
From Paleolithic times to have to present, people used masks to add power and mystery to religious rituals, warfare, and entertainment. This lavishly illustrated book, the companion volume to an exhibition opening at The Saint Louis Art Museum, provides a stunning and comprehensive cultural history of these universal human artifacts.Transporting readers across centuries and continents, the authors compare and contrast the use of masks in initiation rites and Mardi Gras, Greek tragedy and commedia dell'arte, warfare and football. The 200 colorplates, illustrating such fascinating examples as African ceremonial masks, the Apollo 15 space helmet, and an Egyptian death mask, make this landmark study as visually spectacular as it is thought-provoking.
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Masks: faces of cultureUser Review - Book Verdict
Companion to an exhibition currently at the Saint Louis Art Museum, this volume is exactly what it claims to be: a survey of the phenomenon of masks. On the surface, this may seem to be a simple undertaking, but it is not--mask-making is a deeply human endeavor fraught with meanings. Starting with prehistory and extending to the present age, this book thoroughly examines the many reasons for making and wearing masks. Rites of passage, warfare, and drama are all addressed, from the earliest known examples in Egypt, Australia, and Mesoamerica to football helmets and Star Wars characters in the present day. Six fascinating essays, including contributions by John Emigh (theater, Brown Univ.) and Lesley Ferris (theater, Ohio State Univ.), are interconnected by stunning illustrations. This is definitely the book for anyone wishing to sample the subject. Highly recommended.--Susan M. Olcott, Columbus, OH ...
Review: Masks: Faces of CultureUser Review - Kathleen - Goodreads
This book was awesome-- I read it as part of my thesis research. I will quickly just spew what my take-aways were-- sorry if it repeats itself a little-- I'm remembering from back across a few years ... Read full review
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