- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1st edition (September 30, 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0810918234
- ISBN-13: 978-0810918238
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1 x 14.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Africa Adorned Hardcover – September 30, 1984
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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.
At the time of writing, mine is the 12th consecutive 5-Star review, and this is certainly no coincidence. This book can be considered as one of the best photographic representations of "fully decorated" Tribal Africa ever published. Peoples of the entire continent of Africa are featured, and although nobody would claim that the book depicts "everyday" or "typical" Africa or Africans, it certainly does a fabulous job of presenting "Africa Adorned".
This is tribal, ethnic and national African body decoration at its most striking, enigmatic, personal and proud. This is the Body As Art, and the Peoples Of Africa reveling in their history and tradition. The contents are : East Africa - The Body As Art; Equatoria - Treasures and Trade ; Old Africa - Pockets Of Ancient Tradition ; The Savannah - Dictates Of The Desert ; The Maghreb - A Natural Flamboyance ; The Horn - Links With The East.
The book also contains fantastic field photos, as well as "characteristic" native "models", and artifact photographs. The book also boasts a well-researched and informative text, and has a superior presentation throughout. This book is highly recommended, not just for lovers of Africa, and for enthusiasts of Ethnographic books in general, but also for anybody who appreciates African Tribal Art. Since it has been long OOP, the book occasionally gets a little expensive, but if you are patient, there are enough copies out there so that a decent copy will turn up at under 50 bucks sooner or later. GOOD LUCK !Read more ›
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Love it! Absolutely beautiful book! Ordering was easy and Delivery was quick! Super service - THANKS!Published 8 months ago by Blessing M. Okere
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Really classic book on African wearable art. I've wanted this for years. Out of print but worth getting a used copy.Published 17 months ago by M. Brown
beautiful pictures, very informative re:history of different types of adornment. Awesome bookPublished 22 months ago by nursenoid
Great book, good price, fast service. I had this book and sold it and have regretted it. Very happy to find another at a fair price.Published on July 4, 2013 by Maya Designnona Wesley