Klappentext: "Since her very first
visit to Africa, Angela Fisher has been fascinated by the dramatic sense of style of the peoples she
encountered. Everywhere she travelled - from the Horn to the Gulf of Guinea, from Morocco to the southern
reaches of the Sahara - she saw jewellery of great beauty and exquisite craftsmanship. Worn by men and women
with their bodies oiled, painted or scarified, their hair plaited, piled high or dyed with ochre, these
ornaments are often of great value, cast in gold or silver, carved in ivory, inlaid with precious stones or
coral. Where these materials are not available one finds objects crafted with equal care from gazelle horn,
ostrich eggshell or antelope bone. Throughout the continent, adornment is a pleasure, even a preoccupation.
Impressed at first by their sheer beauty, the author then came to realize the full extent to which these
forms of decoration offer an insight into African life. They speak of values and beliefs, of achievements
and status; they form part of Africa's cultural heritage. The hairstyles of the Fulani recall a rich
imperial past; the massive gold ornaments still worn at the Asante royal court echo centuries of wealth and
glory; the huge amber necklaces worn by Berber women in Morocco are prized as much for the status they
confer as for their intrinsic beauty. In a capricious, even hostile environment, jewellery can provide a
link with the supernatural world: some pieces play a role in ritual and ceremony; others, like the lip
plates worn by Lobi women, ward off evil spirits or divert misfortune and disease. While she lived with
these peoples, studying and photographing their everyday life, Angela Fisher learnt to understand the
'language' of jewellery, too. Among the Zulu of South Africa, for instance, girls send beaded tab necklaces
to their young men - white beads signifying purity of love, black suggesting that darkness prevents the
lovers from meeting, and beads of blue symbolizing rejection. In the face of Western influence, traditions
of adornment are changing rapidly. The Wodaabe scour local markets for trinkets, umbrellas, sunglasses
which, with a great sense of fun, they incorporate into their costume. Other peoples, however, have lost
more than they have gained. Many of the treasures in Africa Adorned, relics of the past, are now
found only in private hands or museums outside Africa. Some of the stories behind them have been recorded;
others live on only in the minds of old men. Angela Fisher gives us those stories, corroborated by extensive
research, and combines a vivid portrait of African life with photographs of the finest jewellery made and
worn in that continent since the thirteenth century. Her book is a visual delight, a guide for the collector
and traveller and an important contribution to the study of African art."
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von Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher, Vorwort von Malidoma Patrice Somé
Verleger: "In four previous books,
acclaimed photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher have documented vanishing tribal customs in Africa
- and won an enormous following. Now, after nearly a decade of travel and research, they have created their
masterwork - a monumental two-volume exploration of traditional African rites and rituals. Spanning the
continent, Beckwith and Fisher open our eyes to scores of exotic and wondrous ceremonies - baby namings,
initiations, weddings, harvest blessings, coronations, healing exorcisms, and funerals, among others. Many
of these rituals will never be performed again; few have been pictured and described with the intimacy,
knowledge, and skill of Beckwith and Fisher. Overflowing with nearly 850 magnificent color photographs, African
Ceremonies is one of the most important works on Africa ever published."
Synopsis: "Abrams are proud to
publish a newly designed one-volume edition of this definitive work, containing more than half of the
magnificent photographs that were in the original edition [African
Ceremonies] - plus several new ones. This carefully conceived work offers a complete introduction to the
traditional rites and rituals of Africa, including baby namings, initiations, weddings, harvest blessings,
coronations, healing exorcisms, and funerals, among others. Many of these rituals will never be performed
again; few have been pictured and described with the intimacy, knowledge, and skill of Beckwith and Fisher.
The book also includes an audio CD featuring tracks of intimate, secret and rarely heard ceremonies from
many countries throughout Africa that were recorded over a period of six years by David Bradnum, a musician
and award-winning composer."
Klappentext: "The people of
sub-Saharan Africa have created an extraordinarily sophisticated and rich heritage of artistic expression.
Their arts and crafts are celebrated the world over, and their elegant objectives are highly sought-after.
Drawing upon many years of experience and travel in Africa, author Ettagale Blauer interprets the masks and
ritual objects that embody a culture's beliefs and values, the beaded ornaments that mark and individual's
progress through life and the intricate woven fabrics that chronicle the deeds of warriors and kings. From
the vibrant, carved fantasy coffins of Ghana and the treasures made by 16th-century Benin metalsmiths, to
sleek studies in serpentine crafted by the Shona scuptors of Zimbabwe and the startling visual style of
Namibia's Himba people, African Elegance is about how people display themselves, exchange messages
and tell stories. It shows how traditional cultures make use of locally available materials and how they
adapt to change. Whether the material that is used is wood, stone, beads, paint, metal, fabric or leather,
African people continue to make powerful statements about their cultures, their values and their place in
the world. African Elegance provides a superb visual record of the arts and crafts of this changing
Englische Ausgabe von Rois d'Afrique
Verleger: "Even today there are close
to 100 tribal kings in Africa, vestiges of a former age - their ancient traditions preserved, their wisdom
and power still honored. A portal into these worlds of mysterious rites, ancient customs, and fantastic
finery, African Kings takes us into the inner circle of 70 of these tribes in the person of their
king. Gorgeous formal portraits of each king, in full regalia, are accompanied by brief biographies and
historical notes on the tribe and the rituals and history associated with each ruler. African Kings
introduces us to a way of life rarely glimpsed, with anthropological roots as deep as any on the earth, as
they make the transition into a new millennium. Includes a historical introduction that provides an overview
of the king's role in African tribes."
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