Masks: faces of culture

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Abrams in association with the Saint Louis Art Museum, 1999 - Art - 344 pages
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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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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 ... Read full review


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Nunley is Morton D. May Curator of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at The Saint Louis Art Museum.

McCarthy is curator of decorative arts and design at The Saint Louis Art Museum

Emigh is professor of theater at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

Ferris is professor of theater at Ohio State University.

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