African masks from the Barbier-Mueller Collection, Geneva

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Mysterious, graceful, and majestic, the African mask has long been the subject of great fascination for those interested in tribal civilizations and cultures. Now available in paperback, this beautiful volume presents nearly 250 of the finest African masks from the incomparable Barbier-Mueller Collection, which is unique in its vast number of artifacts and wide geographic scope.The book includes one hundred color plates accompanied by in-depth descriptions, as well as numerous black-and-white photographs of the masks as they are used in religious and secular celebrations. Introductory texts from renowned scholars describe how the masks are constructed, examine their significance in African culture, and offer insight into the universal practice of masquerading. A unique contribution to literature on African art, this book is also a wonderful introduction to countless fascinating, ages-old spiritual traditions still being practiced today.

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Iris Hahner-Herzog Is An Ethnologist And Co-Author Of Many Books On African Art.

Maria Kecskesi Is Head Of The African Collection At The Staatliches Museum Fur Volkerkunde In Munich

Lazlo Vajda Is Professor Emertius For Ethnology At The University Of Munich

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