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Africa Adorned Hardcover – September 30, 1984
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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 !
Also worth looking out for in one or two volume editions African Ceremonies: The Concise Edition or Passages: Photographs in Africa
books of high quality...these pix are worthy of modern printing technology, and I hope the book is reprinted. But I am returning this version.
If you even run across this book buy it!
I have owned a copy for years and it's given me much joy. This copy I bought for a birthday gift for a friend of min
and she too is enamored by it ... keeps it on a coffee table so that all her guests too can enjoy its beauty.
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within 2 days of purchase. It was just as described and perfectly new. I al cert satisfied.