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Ife, Akan und Benin : westafrikanische Kunst aus 2000 Jahren : Gold, Bronzen, Terrakotten = Ife, Akan and Benin : West African art from 2000 years : Gold, bronzes, terracottas /
[Herausgeber, Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim ; Stiftung Vergessene Kulturgüter und Autoren].
imprint
Stuttgart : Arnold, 2000.
description
159 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 30 cm.
ISBN
3897901501
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Book
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imprint
Stuttgart : Arnold, 2000.
isbn
3897901501
general note
Catalog of an exhibition held at the Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim.
language note
German and English.
catalogue key
3539686
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2001-05-01:
Ife, Akan and Benin is a catalog of an exhibition at the Schmuckmuseum (Jewelry Museum), Pforzheim (Germany) of 56 examples, illustrated in color, of gold jewelry from the Akan-speaking peoples (principally Asante) of Ghana plus several examples, illustrated in monochrome, of figures and other objects in bronze and fired clay from the Ife Yoruba and the royal court of Benin. The owners of the objects are very rarely identified, although a foundation called the Forgotten Cultural Treasures Foundation is mentioned. Support for the exhibition comes from R. David, Zurich, who also contributed an essay in which he makes a strong case that the Akan did not all destroy their antique jewelry at the death of a king, and that, in fact, much Akan jewelry may be quite old. Although there are several extremely brief essays by scholars that discuss metallurgy, Ife art, and Akan gold weights, these essays provide virtually no useful social context for the Akan jewelry, which is so clearly the focu s of the book. This detracts significantly from the value of the book to any library or educational institution that might like to inform its students and readers about African art and cultural heritage. Researchers. C. D. Roy University of Iowa
Appeared in Library Journal on 2001-09-01:
West Africa has produced much of the most impressive art from the African continent. The West African objects depicted in this volume (which accompanied an exhibition at Germany's Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim) are an odd combination of ancient Nigerian metal and terracotta sculpture from the Nok, Ife, Igbo-Ukwu, and Benin cultures; recently produced ornaments from the Akan peoples of Ghana; and goldwork from the Guinea coast. No convincing explanation is offered as to what ties this disparate group of items together other than their geographic proximity. Each section of the book has an introductory essay by a noted expert, and while these essays address various aspects of the art that follows, they are far too short to allow the interested lay reader to develop an understanding. As a picture book of fine color photographs, this volume is certainly valuable, but unfortunately the limited text offers too little information to make it useful for anyone but specialists. Robin Poynor's African Art at the Harn Museum (Univ. Pr. of Florida, 1995) or Monica Visona and Herbert Cole's chapters in A History of Art in Africa (Abrams, 2000) both provide better introductions to West African Art. Recommended only for academic libraries with strong holdings in African art. Eugene C. Burt, Data Arts, Seattle (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Summaries
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This is the first publication devoted to the collection of the Foundation "Forgotten Cultural Treasures", which includes superb bronzes from Ife. Sculpture and ritual objects from the ancient Benin empire as well as precious gold jewelry from the Akan groups of Ghana are further examples documenting the highly accomplished craftsmanship of West African cultures. Complementing the collection are gold weights in the form of imaginative miniature sculptures showing human and animal motifs, and used for weighing gold dust.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. 7
The Forgotten Cultural Treasures Foundationp. 9
Nok, Igbo-ukwu, Ife and Benin: Two Millennia of West African Artp. 16
Map of West Africap. 15
Mysterious Masterworks: The Art of Ifep. 22
Early Nigerian Bronzes Under Scientific Scrutinyp. 29
List of Abbreviationsp. 31
Bronzes and Terracottasp. 34
Jewellery of Resonant Beauty: Goldsmithery from the Guinea Coastp. 72
Modern Times: Asante Gold in Present-Day Ghanap. 78
Gold Jewelleryp. 81
Goldweights as a Mirror of the Akan Worldp. 144
Goldweightsp. 147
Selected Bibliography, Captionsp. 158
Index of Namesp. 159
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