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Title The artfulness of death in Africa / John Mack.
Author Mack, John, 1949- author.
Publication London : Reaktion Books, 2019.
Copyright date ©2019
Description 283 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
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Call # 393.0967 M
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 230-272) and index.
Summary If weddings are the most lavish events in most parts of the world, in Sub-Saharan Africa, by contrast, it is funerals. Funeral celebrations can be flamboyant occasions, particularly those honouring prominent people. Artworks of many kinds are created to commemorate the dead, from mortuary sculptures and extravagant coffins, to elaborate headstones, memorials, monuments and cenotaphs. This is a unique survey of the artful nature of funerals in Africa. Drawing on a wide range of historical, anthropological, archaeological, art historical and literary sources, John Mack charts the full range of African funereal art, drawing on examples from across the continent, and from ancient times to today. Featuring abundant illustrations, some of which have never been published before, this is essential reading for those interested in African art, culture, society and history.
Contents Introduction -- Understanding death -- The death of royalty -- The artfulness of funerals -- Funerary masquerade -- Grave sites -- Relics, shrines and memorials -- Modern practices.
Subject Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Sepulchral monuments -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Funeral decorations -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Death -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Death in art.
Art -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Art, African -- Themes, motives.
Art, African -- Themes, motives. (OCoLC)fst00815885
Art. (OCoLC)fst00815177
Death. (OCoLC)fst00888613
Death in art. (OCoLC)fst00888694
Funeral decorations. (OCoLC)fst00936212
Funeral rites and ceremonies. (OCoLC)fst00936223
Sepulchral monuments. (OCoLC)fst01112853
Sub-Saharan Africa. (OCoLC)fst01239520
ISBN 1789141230 (hardcover) :
9781789141238 (hardcover) :

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