African art : the World Bank collection /
edited by Alexandre Marc.
Washington, D.C. : World Bank, c1998.
xiv, 92 p. : ill. (some col.), col. map ; 30 cm.
0821341952 (pbk.)
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Washington, D.C. : World Bank, c1998.
0821341952 (pbk.)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 90-92).
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This slim volume forms the catalog of the African art collection of the World Bank in Washington, DC. The collection was purchased in 1981 for the building in Washington that houses the Africa regional vice-presidency and includes 167 objects from across the entire continent, cataloged in small but useful black-and-white illustrations at the back of the book. About 100 of the best of these are also illustrated in color in the book's three essays. The most interesting essay is by Ismail Serageldin, a vice-president and Chair of the World Bank Art Committee, who represents the position of the bank on collecting and displaying other people's cultures. Christa Clarke's essay re-creates the cultural context for which the objects were created. The collection is so diverse as to be scattered, including a few examples from each of the major cultural areas of this vast continent. With a few exceptions, the quality of the objects, which are mostly textiles, furniture, pottery, containers, currency tokens, and other "nonsacred" types, is very good. Map; brief bibliography. General readers; researchers. C. D. Roy; University of Iowa
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World Bank Technical Paper No. 411. In Sub-Saharan Africa, ineffective rural transport services present a major obstacle to economic and social development. Deciding who owns the roads, who finances the maintenance, and who manages them is a fundamental requirement. This volume proposes a framework for improving management and financing of local government roads and community roads and paths based on two distinct owner categories and a redefined partnership between the public and private sectors.
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African artistic expression has helped to construct culture, form social identity, and support spiritual communication. The choice of the World Bank's African collection for a catalogue stems from the recognition by many art experts that the Bank is home to a rich and valuable collection that deserves to be better known by staff, representatives from member countries, and the public at large. The book displays African art from past to present, African art at the World Bank, and African art and society.

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