Autour des Songye: Under the Influence of the Songye (Annales des Arts Africains)

By: Volper, Julien

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Wraps, 16.5 by 24 cm, 255 pp., well-illustrated in color (primarily) and black and white. Text is in French and English. Near fine, unread copy with light shelf wear at the corners. A detailed look at the masks of the Songye and the position they hold within their society. “The Annals of African Arts is a project that places almost excessive emphasis on precision and detail,” says Bernard Dulon in the preface. “Opposed to vulgarization, it aims to prove to what extent the serious study of a subject that is almost arid in its sublimity can deepen our understanding not only of art but also a man and society. It therefore hopes to underline the superiority of such studies to the most seemingly brilliant but ultimately superficial overview. The dynamics at work in the book are indeed diverse, drawing from the history of art and ethnology, but they serve a common purpose: to facilitate our reading of these images. Whether they are masks, costumes, fetishes or statues of ancestors, all these wooden, clay and stone figures that have drawn are gaze for so long continue to exert their power of fascination over us. To study them is to embark on a humanist search that reaches far beyond their carved surfaces.”

Title: Autour des Songye: Under the Influence of the Songye (Annales des Arts Africains)

Author Name: Volper, Julien

Categories: Africa, Anthropology,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: [Paris], Editions d'Art Gourcuff Gradenigo: 2012

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Near Fine

Seller ID: 3142