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Africa Adorned
by Angela Fisher
Hardcover: 304 pages
Harry N Abrams; ISBN: 0810918234; (December 1984)
Africa: Arts and Culture
Africa: Arts and Culture
by John Mack, British Museum
Hardcover from Oxford University Press
Africa Art and Culture: Ethnological Museum, Berlin
Africa Art and Culture: Ethnological Museum, Berlin
by Hans-Joachim Koloss, Ethnologisches Museum Berlin
Book Description: One of the leading collections of African art in the world, the African collection at Berlin's Ethnological Museum contains important masterpieces from many different regions of the continent.

This stunning book includes more than two hundred color and black-and-white reproductions of masks, ceremonial figures, musical instruments, and objects of everyday life from throughout Africa. Among the jewels in the museum are the Ife Collection from Nigeria; rare Benin bronzes; Afro-Portuguese ivories; magical figures from the Lower Congo and a host of East African sculpture and masks that have gained increasing attention in recent years. Essays by leading ethnologists supply important cultural and historical information on each region, as well as fascinating insights into the ways European and African art have traded influences over the centuries.
Hardcover from Prestel USA

Africa: The Art of a Continent
by Tom Phillips (Editor), et al

African Art in the Cycle of Life
by Roy Sieber, Roslyn Adele Walker, National Museum of African Art (U.S.), Roy Sieber Walker
Paperback from Smithsonian Institution Press

African Ceremonies
African Ceremonies
by Carol Beckwith, Angela Fisher
By a recent count, the continent of Africa comprises some 1,300 cultures. Some of them number millions of people, some only a few families; some are thriving, while others are in danger of disappearing, the victims of acculturation or, in extreme cases, of genocide. This diversity--and the dangers to it--is little known outside Africa. Photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher highlight both matters in African Ceremonies, an extraordinary two-volume collection of some 850 full-color images. The two artists have traveled to almost all the continent's 53 countries in the last three decades, documenting traditional tribal life in earlier books and articles for National Geographic, among other publications. Here they focus on the religious customs of several dozen peoples, combining stunning images with well-written essays to illustrate the enduring power of traditional beliefs.
Among the book's finest moments are a record of the Fulani cattle crossing, when for 10 days young males drive their herds across the wide Niger River to receive gifts from their grateful compatriots; a sequence showing a healing ceremony of the Himba people of Namibia and Angola, whose "wild women," possessed by lion spirits, are riveting actors on the page; and a remarkable series of photographs of Wodaabe courtship dancers, who compete to attract wives by charming them with exaggerated smiles and the skilled use of cosmetics. The authors note that, as women, they entered places men never could--and as foreigners, they were also often welcomed as "honorary males" and allowed to witness male-only ceremonies. Many of these rites are in danger of extinction as old ways are forgotten and in some cases suppressed. Beckwith and Fisher have captured them before it's too late. Beautifully designed and manufactured, African Ceremonies makes a fine companion to Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s Wonders of the African World, and invites leisurely reading--and constant revisiting. --Gregory McNamee -
Hardcover from Harry N Abrams
African Symbols
African Symbols
by Heike Owusu
From masks to the symbolic script of the Ashanti, symbols play an important role in all aspects of African life. These sacred items come in a breathtaking array of styles, and here, divided into six areas of cultural similarity, are some of the most beautiful, along with explanations of their meanings. Demons, for most Africans, are responsible for justice and retribution: the superb demon mask shown depicts Kponingo, who belongs to the mythical world of the Senufo in the Ivory Coast. A calabash with the beak of a hornbill, adorned with cowrie shells and made by medicine men, is a typical instrument of witchcraft. Other fascinating symbols include sculptures, cave paintings, status symbols, and art for everyday use.
Paperback from Sterling
African Elegance
by Ettagale Blauer
Paperback from Rizzoli

Baule - African Art, Western Eyes
by Susan Mullin Vogel
Hardcover - 256 pages
Yale Univ Pr; ISBN: 0300073178
Baule - African Art, Western Eyes
by Susan Mullin Vogel
Hardcover - 256 pages
Yale Univ Pr; ISBN: 0300073178

African Royal Court Art
by Michele Coquet, Jane Marie Todd (Translator)
Hardcover: 200 pages
University of Chicago Press (Trd); ISBN: 0226115755; (December )

The Art of African Textiles
by John Picton (Editor)

African Forms: The Traditional Design and Function of Objects
by Marc Ginzberg, et al

Art and Craft in Africa: Everyday Life Ritual Court Art
by Laure Meyer
Paperback: 207 pages
Terrail; ISBN: 2879390982;

Africa: An Artist's Journal
by Kim Donaldson, Robin Russell
Hardcover: 240 pages
Watson-Guptill Pubns; ISBN: 0823001571; (April )

Animals in African Art: From the Familiar to the Marvelous
by Allen F. Roberts, et al

Africa : The Art of a Continent
by Tom Phillips (Editor), Royal Academy of Arts(Great Britain)
Hardcover - 620 pages
te Neues Publishing Company; ISBN: 3791316036

African Rock Art : Paintings and Engravings on Stone
by David Coulson, Alec Campbell
Listed under Prehistoric Rock Art

African Masks from the Barbier-Mueller Collection, Geneva
by Iris Hahner-Herzog, Maria Kecskesi, Lazlo Vajda, John will Gabriel
Hardcover - 288 pages (April )
International Book Import Service, Inc.; ISBN: 3791318063
African Art : An Introduction (World of Art)
by Frank Willett
Paperback - 288 pages Revised edition (October 1993)
Thames & Hudson; ISBN: 0500202672

African Designs from Traditional Sources.
by Geoffrey Williams
These 378 linocut prints in crisp black-and-white designs reflect traditional work from Zulu, Masai, and dozens of other tribes. This pictorial archive includes masks, abstract motifs, and much more. 
Paperback - 200 pages (November 1971)
Dover Pubns; ISBN: 0486227529

African Designs of the Congo, Nigeria, the Cameroons and the Guinea Coast (International Design Library, Collected Edition)
by Caren Caraway
Paperback: ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.60 x 10.99 x 8.38 
Publisher: Stemmer House Pub; ; (November 1987)
ISBN: 0880450932

African Printed Textile Designs (International Design Library Series)
by Diane V. Horn
Paperback (November )
Stemmer House Pub; ISBN: 0880451351

African Reflections: Art from Northeastern Zaire (American Museum of Natural History)
by Enid Schildkrout, Curtis A. Keim
Hardcover from Amer Museum of Natural History

African Sculpture Speaks
by Ladislas Segy

The Art of African Textiles
by Duncan Clarke, Joann Padgett (Editor)
Hardcover - 128 pages (November )
Thunder Bay Press; ISBN: 1571451323
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The Art of Benin
by Paula Girshick Ben-Amos 

Black Africa: Masks Sculpture Jewelry
by Laure Meyer
Paperback: 224 pages
Terrail; ISBN: 2879390354; Reissue edition (December )

A Collector's Guide to African Sculpture (Schiffer Book for Collectors)
by Theodore Toatley, Douglas Congdon-Martin
Hardcover from Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

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Dan Ge Performance: Masks and Music in Contemporary Cote DIvoire (African Expressive Culture)
Dan Ge Performance: Masks and Music in Contemporary Cote D'Ivoire (African Expressive Culture)
by Daniel B. Reed
Paperback from Indiana University Press
Ethiopian Art: The Walters Art Museum
by Gary Vikan, Kelly Holbert, Getatchew Haile
Hardcover from Third Millennium Pr

The Healing Wisdom of Africa: Finding Life Purpose Through Nature, Ritual, and Community
The Healing Wisdom of Africa: Finding Life Purpose Through Nature, Ritual, and Community
by Malidoma Patrice Some
Paperback from Jeremy P. Tarcher
A History of Art in Africa
by Monica Blackmun Visona (Editor), Robin Poyner, Herbert M. Cole, Michael D. Harris, Robin Poynor
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.
Hardcover - 544 pages (September 1, )
Harry N Abrams; ISBN: 0810934485

Inventing Masks: Agency and History in the Art of the Central Pende
by Z. S. Strother
Central Pende masquerading, Zaire
Hardcover: 440 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.02 x 7.35 x 10.42
University of Chicago Press; ISBN: 0226777324; (January )

Living in Morocco: Design from Casablanca to Marrakesh
by Landt Dennis, Lisl Dennis (Photographer)
Morocco is an exhilarating combination of vivid sensuality and intense spirituality, an intoxicating blend of cultures. Berber, Arab, French, English, and Spanish: the country's rich mixture of heritages is matched by its geography, which ranges from coast to mountain to desert. This revised edition of Living in Morocco celebrates the indigenous arts of a country at the height of a cultural renaissance. Morocco is known for fine leather and for pottery that dates back a thousand years.
Paperback: 252 pages
Thames & Hudson; ISBN: 0500282641; Revised edition (May 28, )
Man Ray, African Art, and the Modernist Lens
by Wendy A. Grossman
See also Man Ray

Masks of Black Africa
by Ladislas Segy
Paperback - 248 pages (August 1975)
Dover Pubns; ISBN: 048623181X

Mbuti Design: Paintings by Pygmy Women of the Ituri Forest
by Georges Meurant, Robert Farris Thompson, Robert F. Tho
Hardcover from Thames & Hudson

Millefiori Beads from the West African Trade (Beads from the West African Trade, Vol VI)
by John Picard, Ruth Picard, Jamey D. Allen
Paperback from Picard African Imports

Radiance from the Waters: Ideals of Feminine Beauty in Mende Art
(Yale Publications in the History of Art, No 34)
by Sylvia Ardyn Boone

Reading the Contemporary : African Art from Theory to the Marketplace
by Olu Oguibe (Editor), Okwui Enwezor (Editor)
Paperback: 348 pages
MIT Press; ISBN: 0262650517; 1 Mit Pr edition (May 5, )

The Royal Arts of Africa : The Majesty of Form (Perspectives)
by Suzanne Preston Blier, Susanne P. Blier
Paperback - 272 pages (March )
Harry N Abrams; ISBN: 0810927055
Shields: Africa, Southeast Asia, and Oceania
by Purissima Benitez-Johannot, et al

Speaking With Beads: Zulu Arts from Southern Africa
by Jean Morris (Photographer), Eleanor Preston-Whyte

Symbols of Africa
by Heike Owusu

The Spirit of African Design
by Sharne Algotsson, et al

Spirits in Stone: The New Face of African Art
by Laura J. Ponter, Mike Spinelli (Photographer), Ashley Ponter (Photographer), Hope Tinney (Photographer)
Book Description: This full color coffee table sized book about Zimbabwe's geography, history, culture and of course the Shona sculpture produced there is one of a kind. It is the first book published in the West about Shona sculpture and the Shona artists. It is also perhaps the only full length book on Shona sculpture ever printed in full color. A perfect balance of rich text and beautiful photographs taken by award winning travel photographer Robert Holmes (winner of "Travel Photographer of the Year" and also...
Paperback - 216 pages 2 edition (November 3, )
Ukama Press/Zimbabwe Sculpture, Inc.; ISBN: 1881407500

Traditional African Designs (Dover Design Library)
by Gregory Mirow
Paperback - 48 pages
Dover Pubns; ISBN: 0486296229 
The Tribal Arts of Africa
by Jean-Baptiste Bacquart
Hardcover - 240 pages (November )
Thames & Hudson; ISBN: 0500018707

African Art in Transit (Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology)
African Art in Transit (Cambridge Studies in Social & Cultural Anthropology)
by Christopher B. Steiner
Paperback from Cambridge University Press
Art of African Fashion
Art of African Fashion
by Africa World Press, Els van der Plas, Marlous Willensen
Paperback from Africa World Press
Rock Paintings of South Africa
Rock Paintings of South Africa
by Stephen Townley Bassett
Hardcover from David Philip, Publishers
Olowe of Ise: A Yoruba Sculptor to Kings
Olowe of Ise: A Yoruba Sculptor to Kings
by Roslyn A. Walker, Olowe, National Museum of African Art (U. S.)
Paperback from Smithsonian Books
Ancestral Art of Gabon : From the Collections of the Barbier - Mueller Museum
by Louis Perrois
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Ethiopian Icons : Catalogue of the Collection of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies Addis Ababa University
by Stanislaw Chojnacki, Addis Ababa University, Carolyn M. Gossage
Hardcover from Skira

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Art of Africa
by Jacques Kerchache, Jean-Louis Paudrat (Contributor), Lucien Stephan (Contributor)
Hardcover - 619 pages (April 1993)
Harry N Abrams; ISBN: 0810906287
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Ethiopian Icons : Catalogue of the Collection of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies Addis Ababa University
by Stanislaw Chojnacki, Carolyn M. Gossage (Contributor)
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Face of the Gods : Art and Altars of Africa and the African Americas
by Robert Farris Thompson
The arts and rituals of the black communities of Africa the Western Hemisphere.
Hardcover: 334 pages
Prestel USA; ISBN: 3791312812; (October 1993)
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