Munich: Prestel, 1998. Paperback. Color pictorial glued wraps. 288 pp. 100 color and 388 bw illustrations. VG-, light crease across lower corner of front cover. Item #170536
English edition of the 1997-1998 catalogue for the exhibition held at the Haus der Kunst Munich, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Banque Generale du Luxeumbourg, Musee royal de l'Afrique centrale, and Fondation Bismarck in Paris, which exhibited 218 masks from the Barbier-Mueller collection. African Masks surveys 248 of the finest examples of masks from the Barbier-Mueller Collection, of which 100 are reproduced in stunning color illustrations. Leading scholars on African art describe the masks' historical and religious functions, and their symbolic significance. Contents as follows: Acknowledgements / by Jean Paul Barbier -- Preface / by Christoph Vitali -- Map of ethnic groups --"I am not myself" / by Maria Kecskési and Lázló [sic] Vajda -- Plates / with notes by Iris Hahner-Herzog -- Catalogue: 248 masks from the Barbier-Mueller Collection -- Bibliography -- Index of ethnic groups.
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