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by Sandra Klopper,Anitra Nettleton,Terence Pethica

The art of Southern Africa, unlike the better-known traditions of central and western Africa, has been long overlooked. This book calls close attention to the art of this region through 140 objects, beautifully reproduced in full-colour plates, from the Terence Pethica Collection. The pieces come from Southern African countries including RS Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Angola, and Zambia. There is a great deal of knowledge to be gathered with reference to the diversification of ideas overtime that have produced a wide variety of artistic approaches to producing objects for the same or essentially the same function. Featuring exemplary objects ranging from ornamental adornments, kitchen implements, prestige staffs, dance wands, figures for initiation ceremonies, figures for secret stages of personal growth, objects for battle, and objects for dance and spirits, this book brings together a magnificent compilation of works, many of which have never been seen before, made of wood, metal, bone
Download The Art of Southern Africa epub
ISBN: 8874394055
ISBN13: 978-8874394050
Category: Photography
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Author: Sandra Klopper,Anitra Nettleton,Terence Pethica
Language: English
Publisher: 5Continents (January 8, 2008)
Pages: 216 pages
ePUB size: 1168 kb
FB2 size: 1358 kb
Rating: 4.8
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This is a great book. It is interesting as a "coffee table" book for its beautiful photographs of artwork not seen in most other books on African art. It's also great for the stories that accompany each photograph that explain the use of the piece, the meaning of the ceremonies, etc. You will not likely find better examples of the Art of South Africa than are shown in this book.
The majority of this book focuses on the Terence Pethica Collection.
There are very nice photos of staffs, headrests, knobkerries, utilitarian objects, snuff containers and extraordinary pipes. Most areas of southern Africa did not employ the use of masks as compared to central and west African regions.

What I find most intriguing are the beautiful figure carvings on many of the prestige staffs, pipes and the individual figurative carvings.

I am still stunned and mortified whenever I discover rare photos (and even rarer descriptions) of African figural sculpture carvings desecrated and denigrated by Christian and Catholic missionaries.

On page 111, there is a wonderfully carved male figure, assumed from Tanzania/Mozambique which had been desecrated by having it's genitals removed. Yet, the reality is that such disrespectful behavior was common through-out sub-Saharan Africa, from Gabon, through the Lower Kongo, regions, Tanzania, Mozambique and South Africa. "Politically correct" themes within late 20th and 21st C. African "art" books intentionally omit, disguise and avoid these inconvenient truisms.
From Ritual to Modern Art. Tradition and Modernity in Tanzanian Sculpture describes how Tanzanian figure sculptures were taken as booty by German colonial troops leading a punitive expedition against the Ukerewe... Later presented to the "White Father Missionaries" at Kugunguli, where it was placed on display and beaten with sticks by the teachers of the principles of the Christian religion to demonstrate their distain for African traditional customs.

At any rate, it is a beautiful book with many striking reference examples (now long vanished).