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Masks: Faces of Culture Hardcover – October 1, 1999

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Companion to an exhibition currently at the Saint Louis Art Museum, this volume is exactly what it claims to be: a survey of the phenomenon of masks. On the surface, this may seem to be a simple undertaking, but it is notAmask-making is a deeply human endeavor fraught with meanings. Starting with prehistory and extending to the present age, this book thoroughly examines the many reasons for making and wearing masks. Rites of passage, warfare, and drama are all addressed, from the earliest known examples in Egypt, Australia, and Mesoamerica to football helmets and Star Wars characters in the present day. Six fascinating essays, including contributions by John Emigh (theater, Brown Univ.) and Lesley Ferris (theater, Ohio State Univ.), are interconnected by stunning illustrations. This is definitely the book for anyone wishing to sample the subject. Highly recommended.ASusan M. Olcott, Columbus, OH
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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From Paleolithic times to the present, people have used masks to add power and mystery to religious rituals, warfare, and entertainment. This lavishly illustrated book, the companion volume to an exhibition opening at The Saint Louis Art Museum, provides a stunning and comprehensive cultural history of these universal human artifacts. Transporting readers across centuries and continents, the authors compare and contrast the use of masks in initiation rites and Mardi Gras, Greek tragedy and commedia dell'arte, warfare and football. The 200 colorplates, illustrating such fas cinating examples as African ceremonial masks, the Apollo 15 space helmet, and an Egyptian death mask, make this landmark study as visually spectacular as it is thought-provoking. 372 illustrations, 200 in full color 911/2 x 1133/4"John W. Nunley is Morton D. May Curator of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at The Saint Louis Art Museum. Cara Mccarty is Grace L. Brumbaugh and Richard E. Brumbaugh Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at The Saint Louis Art Museum. John Emigh is professor of theater at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. Lesley K. Ferris is professor of theater at Ohio State University.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810943794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810943797
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1.5 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James I. Cole on October 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Hardcover, embossed card boards, color photographic DJ, 344 pages, 136 pages of text, 113 field photos, 139 fearured masks in full color (one to a page) followed by 139 b/w thumbnail photos of the featured masks with descriptions.(Total 400 illustrations, 200 in color). 3-page bibliography. Authors : John W. Nunley, Cara McCarty. Published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., in association with The Saint Louis Art Museum, 1999.

This is a book covers various-purpose masks of the world, so is not specifically a tribal art book, but nevertheless it does feature some wonderful tribal masks from just about every continent. Included are some true masterpieces, many of which are not-published elsewhere. The masks are from Africa, Oceania, Asia, Eurpoe, and The Americas, and include tribal, ceremonial and dance masks, with ancient, modern and all periods in between being represented. However, since the book is inclusive of all types of masks, there are also theater, industrial, space exploration, sporting, religious, festival, protective, and decorative masks shown in excellent photos. The chapters are entitled : "Prehistory and Origins", "Rites of Passage", "Festivals of Renewal", "Men as Women", and "Offense/Defense".

This is probably the best general topic "mask" book available, with a very broad scope of ceremonial, dance, masquerade, and utilitarian/functional masks, and the (used) pricing of this book is more than worth the investment. Also check out : Masks of the World
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I highly recommend the book Masks: Faces of Culture. It is filled with oodles of large colored pictures and information about the many masks of the world throughout history. It is informative about the many different reasons why masks are created by through cultures. The pictures reveal all the varieties of the materials used in making masks. I use this book every time I teach a mask making class.
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Great overview of many cultures and reasons for the use of maskmaking and rituals or functionality. Very inspiring and informative. This book is an excellent resource for art students or anyone wishing to expand their knowledge on the subject. The photos were excellent and categorized very well.
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This book has very interesting pictures, but it's not complete. There is something missing. This is because it shows some pictures, but doesn't cover all types of masks and bring a very limited quantity of images and information. Pics are nice, but not enough.
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Great! It was a gift for someone and they just loved it. Was shipped promptly! Everything turned out great. Book is awesome and the detail is amazing! Check it out! Just what I was looking for
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