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African Ivories [Download] ➵ African Ivories Author Kate Ezra – Thomashillier.co.uk This publication details a 1984 special exhibition of African ivories drawn from outside institutions and meant to augment the understanding of the permanent collection of the arts of Africa Oceania a This publication details a special exhibition of African Ivories drawn from outside institutions and meant to augment the understanding of the permanent collection of the arts of Africa Oceania and the Americas in The Michael C Rockefeller Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art The exhibition is an assemblage of than seventy works a selection of ivories from sub Saharan Africa that in craftsmanship and invention are of an especially high level We cannot help but marvel at the skill with which African artists have exploited ivory for maximum expressive and luxuriant effects As a material ivory also possesses ualities and associations that enhance the meanings of objects carved from it The value of ivory as an article of trade its identification with an animal as powerful as the elephant and its physical properties such as color and hardness contribute to the signficance of ivory in African art Because of its durability ivory is one of the media in African art that has best survived the ravages of time and climate A number of pieces in this exhibition date as far back as the late fifteenth century and testify to the courtly and structured societies that flourished in Africa This evocation of the past is underscored by the wonderful tonal range in the patinas—those tawny russet or aureate surfaces often created through contact with human hands This book was originally published in and has gone out of print This edition is a print on demand version of the original book.


1 thoughts on “African Ivories

  1. João João says:

    Beautiful concise monograph that explores cross culturally some African industries of ivory Loved to learn the great influence that 15th century Portuguese explorers had in some places and how those are reflected on the ivories sculptures including in their design and symbolism


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