Africa, Arts and Cultures

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John Mack
British Museum Press, 2000 - Africa - 224 pages
The collections of the British Museum provide an exceptional resource for exploring both African antiquity and its contemporary arts and cultures. This book looks at the continent as a whole. It describes through a series of essays the history and arts of particular regions and the sources of the collections now in the Museum. Each section will be well-illustrated with a mix of archival and contemporary field photographs, and will also integrate illustrations of up to 50 important individual objects from this world-famous collection. The objects will have a commentary on their significance by leading figures in the field of African studies, many of them native to the areas from which the objects derive. The book brings to bear a mix of Western and African scholarship in an innovative collaboration to reassess one of the great African collections.

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Using selected objects from the British Museum, which holds the world's largest collection of African art, this volume offers an introduction to both traditional and contemporary works. Interspersed ... Read full review


Preface and Acknowledgements
North Northeast Africa and the Sahara
West Africa

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John Mack is Keeper of Ethnography in the British Museum and a Visiting Professor in the Anthropology Department of University College, London. He is the author or editor of twelve books, most focusing on themes in African Culture.

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