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Senegal Behind Glass: Images of Religious and Daily Life (Annales. Sciences Humaines, V. 143.) Hardcover – August 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Series: Annales. Sciences Humaines, V. 143.
  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel Pub (August 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791314246
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791314242
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,538,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Sesh on September 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Before saying anything about Senegalese glass painting the author makes clear, quite inaccurately, that Africans have not traditional art. This myth that all African art is for religous purposes is inane when recognizing that European art was also primarily religious. Serving the same purpose, to inspire and impress. Not to mention that much of African art is not solely religious, but royal arts,etc.

The author claims that African art was static and not allowing change and thus not art. For one, it was no more static than Europe was bent on realism (how much more static can u get) and religious or royal scenes. But in fact there are numerous examples of great variation even in the same ethnic group or city) that proves Africans gave way for individuality in its classical art. This ignorant perspective is the view this book is written it.

The author attempts to downplay Senegalese civilization by claiming how horrific it is for them to "sell their African brothers" in the past. Any historian will tell you quickly that the Senegalese, like most Africans, were not selling their brothers, but rival nations. The notion of a black family is as contemporary as one of a white family. It did not exist at that time. During the same time, Whites, like the Venetians, were selling other whites into slavery to North Africans, but it would be propagandist of me to try to paint a false image of them selling their "European brothers". The author knows better, but like a lot of scholarship on Africa, it is vital that the continent be pictured as having "needed European intervention".

But hey, photos of works that are hard to find any other place force me to give it my vote.
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