African Art and Leadership

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Douglas Fraser, Herbert M. Cole
Univ of Wisconsin Press, Sep 1, 2004 - Art - 332 pages
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A series of fourteen thought-provoking essays by art historians, anthropologists, and historians analyzes the complex interactions between art and leadership in sub-Saharan Africa. Amply and carefully illustrated throughout.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Congo Area
8
Political Art in a Plebian Society
21
Royal Statues among the Kuba jan vansina
41
A Mask Used in Competition for Leadership
57
Distribution of the BaKwele and Culturally Related Peoples around 1900
59
Ibo Art and Authority Herbert m cole
79
Southern Nigeria
80
Central Guinea Coast
138
The Diffusion of Ashanti Political
153
Banda Area
154
Kwahu Terracottas Oral Traditions and Ghanaian
173
Ife The Art of an Ancient Nigerian Aristocracy
209
Yoruba Bead
227
Figure of a Traditional Ruler
234
The FishLegged Figure in Benin and Yoruba
261

Humorous Masks and Serious Politics among Afikpo
99
Royal Sculpture in the Cameroons Grasslands
123
Central Cameroons
124
The Symbols of Ashanti Kingship dougl as eraser
137
An Overview
295
Index
327
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Herbert M. Cole, author of Icons: Ideals and Power in the Art of Africa, is emeritus professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Douglas Fraser is emeritus professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University.

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