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African Art and the Colonial Encounter: Inventing a Global Commodity

African Art and the Colonial Encounter: Inventing a Global Commodity

By: Sidney Littlefield Kasfir (author)Paperback

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Focusing on the theme of warriorhood, Sidney Littlefield Kasfir weaves a complex history of how colonial influence forever changed artistic practice, objects, and their meaning. Looking at two widely diverse cultures, the Idoma in Nigeria and the Samburu in Kenya, Kasfir makes a bold statement about the links between colonialism, the Europeans' image of Africans, Africans' changing self representation, and the impact of global trade on cultural artifacts and the making of art. This intriguing history of the interaction between peoples, aesthetics, morals, artistic objects and practices, and the global trade in African art challenges current ideas about artistic production and representation.

About Author

Sidney Littlefield Kasfir is Professor in the Department of Art History at Emory University where she is also Faculty Curator of African Art. She is author of Contemporary African Art and editor of West African Masks and Cultural Systems.


PrefaceIntroduction: Colonial Power and Aesthetic PracticePart 1. Warriors1. Maa Warriorhood and British Colonial Discourse2. Idoma Warriorhood and the Pax BritannicaPart 2. Sculptors and Smiths3. Colonial Rupture and Innovation4. Samburu Smiths, Idoma Maskmakers: Power at a DistancePart 3. Masks, Spears, the Body5. Mask and Spear: Art, Thing, Commodity6. Warrior Theatre and the Ritualized BodyPart 4. Commodities7. Idoma Sculpture: Colonialism and the Market for African Art8. Samburu Encounters with Modernity: Spears as Tourist Souvenirs9. Samburu Warriors in Hollywood Films: Cinematic CommoditiesReprise: The Three C's: Colonialism, Commodities, and Complex RepresentationsCoda: From Spears to Guns in the North RiftNotesBibliographyIndex

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  • ISBN13: 9780253219220
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 408
  • ID: 9780253219220
  • weight: 699
  • ISBN10: 0253219221

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