This title offers a fascinating and essential overview of the Kuba people and their art through fifty exemplary pieces. The latest volume in the "Visions of Africa" series, it explores the intriguing sculpture and decorative art of the Kuba people of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Best known for their king figures (ndop), considered among the greatest sculptural achievements of Sub-Saharan Africa, the Kuba actually produced little freestanding sculpture. Instead, they focused on a variety of decorative works that indicated success and achievement, and initiation-related pieces such as masks. The first book dedicated exclusively to this subject, "Kuba" examines the tribe's artistic development from the 17th century through the turbulent colonial and post-colonial periods. The authors also explore the impact of Kuba beliefs on their art and discuss the pervasive concerns that inform the tribe's art making. With 50 beautifully reproduced examples and an engaging, informative text, "Kuba" is a fascinating introduction to African art.
Publisher: Five Continents Editions
Number of pages: 139
Weight: 556 g
Dimensions: 246 x 169 x 16 mm
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