Africa Adorned

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Harvill Press, 1996 - Body marking - 304 pages
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This book is now a classic study of the huge diversity of adornment in Africa. It is a work of great beauty and an invaluable contribution to a field of study popular in all parts of the world. In more than 400 colour photographs Angela Fisher's book explores the body adornment, modification and the jewellery from many different African cultures. Worn by both men and women, African jewellery has both material and symbolic value and Fisher looks at both the jewellery itself and the meanings behind it. Travelling throughout Africa while creating this book, Angela Fisher lived among people of diverse cultures, from the Zulu of Southern Africa to the Lobi of the Ivory Coast and the Berbers of the desert, studying and photographing what they wear and the significance they attach to the objects and decorative forms in their daily lives. The result is an extraordinary and unique book.

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Contents

Introduction
7
EAST AFRICA The Body as
13
EQUATORIA Treasures and Trade
67
OLD AFRICA Pockets of Ancient Tradition
107
THE SAVANNAH Crossroads of Style
145
THE SAHARA Dictates of the Desert
191
THE MAGHREB A Natural Flamboyance
227
THE HORN Links with the East
267
Bibliography
300
Credits to Photographers and Collections
302
Index
303
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