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Eternal Ancestors: The Art of the Central African Reliquary (Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications)Eternal Ancestors : The Art of the Central African Reliquary (Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications) (Hardcover)

Exhibition Catalogue - The illustrated catalogue Eternal Ancestors: The Art of the Central African Reliquary – with essays by specialists in various fields – will accompany the exhibition. Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press, it will be available at the Museum’s book shops for $65. The catalogue is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Fund for Publications. 
This African Reliquary exhibition is organized by Alisa LaGamma. 

South African art books:


Books I distribute:

Olbrechts. 1899-1958. In search of Art in Africa Frans M. Olbrechts (1899-1958) in Search of Art in Africa.
Edited by Constantine Petridis, 2001. 327 pages.

who is who in African ArtWho is Who in African Art from Guy van Rijn 1kg300g (+/- 500 pages)


Ezio Bassani African Art in European collections

Cultural identification (De Culturele eeuw -Dutch book)

World globalization give tremendous changes to foreign cultures. About the problems involved, anthropologists  Rik Pinxten & Koen De Munter have written the book "De culturele eeuw". They uncharged most presumptions about other cultures. books    

Product image for ASIN: 0974936707 African Art: The Diaspora and Beyond
Author: Daniel Parker; read more at Collection of African-American and African art comforts and empowers
Product image for ASIN: 1560988592 Insight and Artistry in African Divination (Smithsonian Series in Ethnographic Inquiry)
Author: John, III Pemberton; Buy New: $65.00
Product image for ASIN: 0304337528 Art and Religion in Africa (Religion and the Arts Series)
Author: Rosalind I. J. Hackett; Buy New: $29.95
Art from Africa : Long Steps Never Broke a Back
Pamela McClusky; Paperback; Buy New: $26.56

catalog from the exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum


Ibedji's. J.PembertonIII

Read the book comment Ibedji by Jaques Vogelzang

Tribal arts of Africa. JP. Bacquart

Echoing images at the Metropolitan, read the exhibition text Couples in African Sculpture and book critic echoing images

Raymond Corbey; Paperback; Buy New: $24.95


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Tribal Art Traffic

tribal art traffic -corbeyAbout the Author
Raymond Corbey is attached to the Department of Philosophy of Tilburg University and the Department of Archaeology of Leiden University in the Netherlands. Most of his recent research and publications deal with the history and epistemology of anthropology and neighboring disciplines. 

One of my favorite books, when it comes to explain the behaviors of African art dealers, collectors, and museum curators,

David Norden

Book Description
"Tribal Art Traffic" traces the movements of hundreds of thousands of masks, statues, amulets, shields, pieces of cloth, utensils, and weapons from overseas tribal cultures to and within North Atlantic societies, in colonial and post colonial times. While the focus is on the relatively small Low Countries and their huge overseas territories, the Belgian Congo and the Netherlands East Indies, related developments in three adjacent colonial powers, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom, are also covered, as are links to the United States. 
This book charts the means and places through which tribal objects circulated and continue to circulate: colonial trading posts, missionary posts, attics and cellars, living rooms, museums, flea markets, monasteries, auction houses, artists' studios, private collections, and art galleries – are .

In the second part of the book dealers, collectors, and curators relate their more recent experiences with objects-in-motion. This chronicle of European taste, trade and desire sketches the emergence of a western market for tribal art in the course of the twentieth century. 

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An artistic reaction to the high rate of twinning among the Yoruba of Africa, the approximately 600 beautiful and rare twin figures-ere ibeji-illustrated in this book were chosen from museums and private collections in the United States and throughout the world.    

Keeping in mind the specifics of use, differences in detail and alterations in style are considered in terms of the effects of the passage of time, including ritual usage and handling. Because a full appreciation of ere ibeji requires an understanding of the history and role of twin figures in Yoruba culture, the essays accompanying the photographs explain this important contextual material.Hardcover; Buy New: $45.50 

Ibedji by John Pemberton III (Amherst College)

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"Primitivism" in 20th Century Art: Affinity of the Tribal and the Modern
Kirk Varnedoe; Hardcover; Usually ships within 24 hours; Buy New: list price: $65.00 now:$45.50

In 1906 tribal sculpture was "discovered" by 20th century artists; these objects had suddenly become relevant because of changes in the nature of modern art itself. These two volumes comprise the first comprehensive scholarly treatment in half a century of the crucial influence of the tribal. read more "Primitivism"

Video African Art Women History . Luba People (1998)

VHS Features: (US and Canada only. This VHS will probably NOT be viewable in other countries) $39.95 & This item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping.

African Art Women History:Luba People (1998)

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 Art Treasures from African Runners    

African runnersDavid Norden opinion: "Contains hundred of images from what could be found if you buy from runners when having some knowledge in African art, certainly no masterpieces, but also not only fakes ." 

Description: African "runners" appeared on the Western art scene shortly after the 1967-1970 Biafran Civil War, when they began exporting artifacts to Europe and America. These native-born dealers, who procure art in Africa through family or business connections, are the major sources to overseas customers of old tribal art, the supply of which is rapidly dwindling. Art Treasures From African Runners features an eclectic collection of more than nine hundred never-before-published photographs of African art and describes the methods of the runners who brought these objects to America. A collector with hands-on knowledge of the African art trade, John R. Rohner presents African art from a fresh angle, offering a fascinating portrait of cultural contrast as he defines the differences between African and Western art dealers and details his own experiences with runners. His personal anecdotes give life to the images collected in this remarkable assemblage, which is the result of twelve years spent selecting a broad range of objects of wood, bone, ivory, metal, stone, animal hide, textiles, and ceramics from the vans of the runners. Rohner's collection represents the work of more than one hundred African tribes--from as far west as the Bissagos Islands and as far east as Tanzania and Madagascar--and showcases many rare and unusual pieces, including a number from unknown origins that will be of interest to Africanists.

Offering a wealth of comparative information, Art Treasures From African Runners is ideal for the collector as well as the general reader with an interest in African art.

John R. Rohner is curator and professor emeritus of the University of Colorado Museum in Boulder. He taught Museology and techniques of conservation and restoration to Africans from Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda for over twenty years.

Art Treasures from African Runners  


Genesis: Ideas of Origin in African Sculpture

This book is the catalog from the past Metropolitan Museum of Art read also Genesis exhibition review


Editorial Reviews
Book Description Pondering the origins of the world and their own ancestry, African societies often sought to provide answers to these and other perplexing concepts in their oral traditions, poetry, and art. The Bamana people of Mali, for example, attributed the invention of agriculture and their understanding of the earth, animals, and plants to a mythical hero called Chi Wara, shown in sculptural form as a roan antelope. The elegant Chi Wara headdresses were created in wood in male-female pairs and worn during agricultural ceremonies.

This stimulating volume examines the Chi Wara headdress as an icon of African sculpture and presents forty examples of this well-known form. Major artistic traditions in other African societies-including the Dogon of Mali; the Yoruba of Nigeria; the Bwa, Bobo, Kurumba, and Mossi of Burkina Faso; the Kuba and Luba of the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and the Chokwe of Angola and Zambia-are also discussed in terms of the distinctive cultural perspectives and local traditions that inspired them. The masterworks featured and analyzed are drawn from public and private collections in the United States.

This book is the catalogue for an exhibition that will be held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from November 19, 2002, to April 13, 2003.

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About the Author: Alisa LaGamma is Associate Curator in the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Africa the Art of a Continent 

This book is written by Tom Phillips for an exhibition that was in London, it contains masterpieces from all Africa, from Egypt to South-Africa and with good explanations and illustrations. One of my favorite books, it contains pieces never published before, all with strong artistic values. David Norden Price: $66.50


The tribal art from Africa

 by Jean-Baptiste Bacquart.

tribal arts of africa  This books contains small images from all types of african art, maps and explanations on the use of them. If you must own one book I would say buy this one, it is very easy to put names on unidentified carving from whole africa with only this book. Price was 35$ now $20.97, but to get free shipping you must buy for more than 25$, so you could also take the opportunity to buy it in a package together with "Masks of Black Africa" by Ladislas Seguy, see description below. David Norden

The Tribal Arts of Africa Price was 35$ now $20.97 Very cheap and a Must have at Amazon Books

USA Today, Deirdre Donahue, 3 December 1998
The layout is particularly interesting because it intersperses dramatic color photographs with small black-and-white photographs and text about the art, the tribes and the traditions. Written by the former head of the tribal arts department at Sotheby's, the book is an excellent introduction to African art created before 1920.
"Every library must have this...[an] authenticity of information unavailable in any other single volume on African tribal art."

The Tribal Arts of Africa

The Tribal Arts from Africa, by J-P. Bacquart, see inside the book

  Masks of Black Africa price was 16.95$ now $11.87 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25.  

It is an old standard with black and white illustrations, but the text part is very good to explain african masks

5 out of 5 stars Masks of Black Africa, November 6, 2000
Reviewer: A reader from SHAWNEE MISSION, KS USA

Since I deal with masks from Africa I am constantly looking for more information on the subject. I have again and again come back to Ladislas Segy MASKS OF BLACK AFRICA. The illustrations are representative of the many different masks used by African tribes. The text and maps help you further to deepen your understanding of the masks that are representative of the area. When I do research on African Masks my first step is Ladislas Segy.

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A history of art in AfricaA History of Art in Africa

or A History of Art in Africa( harcover) $59.50


Book Description: A groundbreaking work, this is the first book to cover the arts of the entire continent of Africa, including Egypt, and to survey the art history, rather than the cultural traditions, of African peoples. The authors' unique synthesis of up-to-date research on African arts of many periods and geographic areas has resulted in a major contribution to the literature of art history.

Thousands of years of African art, from prehistory to the present, are considered, encompassing sculpture, painting, architecture, textiles, ceramics, and the myriad art forms of personal adornment and performance. Individual authors contribute chapters on their areas of expertise, yet the whole volume works as a seamless text, weaving together everything from prehistoric Saharan rock art to contemporary sculpture, including the rich, multi-faceted art of the African diaspora. Brilliantly illustrated throughout, and including full indexes and bibliography, this volume is a milestone in the study and future perception of African art.

MONICA BLACKMUN VISONÀ is associate professor in the Department of Art at Metropolitan State College, Denver. ROBIN POYNOR, professor in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Florida, Gainesville, curates exhibits of African art for museums and writes for the journal African Arts. HERBERT M. COLE, professor of art history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is the author of Icons: Ideals in the Art of Africa. MICHAEL D. HARRIS is assistant professor of art history at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

ROWLAND ABIODUN is professor of fine arts and black studies at Amherst College.

SUZANNE PRESTON BLIER is a professor of African art in the departments of Fine Arts and Afro-American Studies at Harvard University and the author of Abrams' Royal Arts of Africa: Majesty of Form.

729 illustrations, 129 in full color, 81/2 x 11"   price $59.50


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