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Ancestors of the Lake: Art of Lake Sentani and Humboldt Bay, New Guinea (Menil Collection) Hardcover – July 6, 2011

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Product Details

  • Series: Menil Collection
  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: The Menil Collection (July 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300166109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300166101
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,679,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A gorgeous, must-have book.” —The New York Times
(The New York Times)

Selected as the winner of this year's Prix International du Livre d'Art Tribal, International Tribal Book Prize (UK Award)
(Prix International du Livre d’Art Tribal Tribal Art & Sotheby's 2012-01-12)

"[A] highly informative catalogue."—A.J. Stone, Choice
(A.J. Stone Choice)

About the Author

Virginia-Lee Webb is an art historian and retired Research Curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James I. Cole on March 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Hardback with DJ, English Edition, 11" x 9", 136 Pages, color & b/w photos, ISBN 978-0-300-16610-1, Ancestors Of The Lake - Art Of Lake Sentani and Humboldt Bay, New Guinea, The Menil Collection. Edited by Virginia-Lee Webb. Published by The Yale University Press, 2011.

English edition is recipient of the 2011 award "Le Prix International Du Livre D'Art Tribal"

The first 69 pages consist of essays about Lake Sentani & Humboldt Bay art, and the balance of the book is the "catalogue" featuring 48 objects and photos from the area concerned.(Includes 8 "Maro" barkcloth paintings). Not a great book, but I gave it 4 stars over 3 stars because it's good to see specialty books on this area's art.
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