The Art of Southeast Africa: From the Conru Collection

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Sandra Klopper, Kevin Conru, Karel Nel
Harry N. Abrams, 2002 - 224 من الصفحات
The art of southern and eastern Africa, unlike the better-known traditions of central and western Africa, has been overlooked until recently. The complex history of the region, marked by the migrations rather than settled kingdoms, and the very nature of the objects produced, seen as craft artefacts by western eyes, are the main reasons for this relative obscurity. The objects illustrated and catalogued in the book include rare figural sculptures, jewellery, regalia, prestige staffs carved with ornamental heads and decorations, walking/fighting sticks, headrests, snuff containers and the occasional ornamental but useful adornments which double as combs and snuff spoons. The source of distinctiveness for the artefacts of the southern African region lies in the pastoral and specifically nomadic nature of the cattle culture shared by the majority of the peoples in the region. The functional beauty of the objects and their small size are linked to the necessary ease to take them along as the need to mo

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Klopper lectures in the Department of Historical Studies a the University o Cape Town. Her teaching and research interests include the 19th century arts of southern Africa communities,

Kevin Conru is the coauthor of Bernatzik: South Africa and The Art of Southeast Africa. Jacques Ivaoff is the author of Moken: Sea-Gypsies of the Andaman Sea, The Moken Boat Symbolic Technology, and Rings of Coral. Alison Nordstrom is the executive director of the New Hampshire Humanities Council. Christiana Thomas is a translator for international and European organizations. Hugo A. Bernatzik was a travel writer, photographer, and a world-renowned ethnologist. Among his published English-language works are The Dark Continent and Sudsee.

Karel Nel works with earth collected from specific regions or sites around the globe. He uses this matter to explore notions of deep time and the forensic information encoded within the formless substance.

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