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Africa Adorned Hardcover – September 30, 1984


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1ST edition (September 30, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810918234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810918238
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 10.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great coffee table book.
Urenna
This book features the jewelry and accessories of African costume in different regions and tribes.
Hedera Femme
I had this book and sold it and have regretted it.
Maya Designnona Wesley

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By "sproutsie" on September 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a thoughtful and gorgeous peek at the diversity of the continent. The colors of the photos alone are worth the price! Fisher's more recent work, "African Ceremonies", with Beckwith, is even better, if possible. And folks, Africa contains 54 countries, over 800 different languages and thousands of dialects, and has around 730 million people. If you consider yourself an interested citizen of our world, don't just look at the pictures, learn about the continent! Many people have criticised the authors, for this and their other works, because they present an Africa that doesn't exist anymore, or they are patronizing and exploitative- I agree in part with this criticism, but I would add some balancing words. This continent has some of the richest cities in the world- Johannesburg being one, and some of the poorest villages- I was visiting in one of them several weeks ago in eastern Namibia. People have cellphones, people have no phones, some drive Lexuses and some drive donkey carts made from the beds of old pick-up trucks. "Old" ceremonies are vibrantly alive for some people, and simply unimportant for others, sometimes within the same family or community. The point is that the images from this book *are* parts of life on this continent, but obviously do not tell the whole story. However, it is just as wrong and short-sighted to dismiss cultures as it is to see only the "exotic". The funny thing is that I first saw this book and "African Ceremonies" at a Himba village in Kaokoland, Namibia, shown to me by a man who was wearing "traditional" Himba clothes, with red ochre on his skin and so on.Read more ›
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Rae Schwarz on January 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Angela Fisher spent seven years criss-crossing Africa, seeking out traditional forms and styles of jewelry and body adornment. The metal crafting, artistic modes and affectations of traditional piercings are stunning. The more extreme examples of African body art are already missing: cutting and/or scarring, limb binding (neck/arms/legs) and lip stretching are lost arts these days.
The photography is top notch, with highly detailed closeups and oversize, full-color images on most pages. Notes are included for each image, with geography, tribal information and craftsman's details for many pieces.
This is a great example of the "coffee table" book. I checked this title out of the library while in graduate school repeatedly until my mother gifted me with my own copy (thanks, Mom!). For artists and jewelers, this volume will be an endless source of inspiration.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 2000
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...origin as it relates to African cultural and creative expression and influence. Many designs and patterns we see repeated in contemporary jewelry design can be traced to African styles and designs created centuries ago - a fact beautifully exemplified in this book - with the added bonus of learning something about the meaning behind the particular adornment/piece of jewelry. The photos are brilliant! This book is a treasure and a highly recommended "must read" for everyone interested in design, jewelry and fashion history, and cultural customs, influences and contributions.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hedera Femme VINE VOICE on October 11, 2006
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The beauty, dignity, and composition of the photos are enough to lure the reader. This book features the jewelry and accessories of African costume in different regions and tribes. It gives the reader information on the people wearing these lovely adornments, as well as describing their meanings and ceremonial uses, when applicable. While this represents only specific aspects of some parts of Africa, it is a beautiful glance at some tribal costumes still worn in increasingly fewer and fewer places.
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27 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 1997
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One of the most impactful views of African culture with a focus on beauty through the eyes of the beholder. A marvelous demonstration of the richness of diversity that exists in the world. This work establishes Africa as a country that the world can continue to learn many lessons. It opens the mind to the range of beauty in the world of adornment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Heizenrader on May 5, 2013
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I'm a bead maker and jewelry designer and have checked "Africa Adorned" out of my local public library many times. When I saw it was available on Amazon I had to purchase it. I believe that it is now out of print and the >$50 price tag was worth every penny. The book covers not only jewelry but sculpture, home construction and painting, and many other subjects all of which are revealing to anyone interested in the fashion and way of life in Africa. The book was sold by Friends of the Seattle Public Library - Seattle is my hometown - which made my purchase even more meaningful.

If you even run across this book buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Ahmann on December 6, 2012
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The wonders of the adornment among the tribal groups in Africa is inspiring . the beauty of the jewelry clothing and makeup are well documented in this classic work. I've been in upscale art shops in Morocco where this book was used to explain the quality and variety of jewelry they were selling.
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