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African Art and the Colonial Encounter : Inventing a Global Commodity - Sidney Littlefield Kasfir

African Art and the Colonial Encounter

Inventing a Global Commodity

Paperback Published: 1st October 2007
ISBN: 9780253219220
Number Of Pages: 381

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Focusing on the theme of warriorhood, Sidney Littlefield Kasfir weaves a complex history of how colonial influence forever changed artistic practice, objects, and their meaning. Looking at two widely diverse cultures, the Idoma in Nigeria and the Samburu in Kenya, Kasfir makes a bold statement about the links between colonialism, the Europeans' image of Africans, Africans' changing self representation, and the impact of global trade on cultural artifacts and the making of art. This intriguing history of the interaction between peoples, aesthetics, morals, artistic objects and practices, and the global trade in African art challenges current ideas about artistic production and representation.

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. . . persuasively demonstrates the degree to which colonialism reshaped artistic production and meaning, and also how artists were agents of resistance through creative transformation.Vol. 52.2 Sept. 2009--Mary Nooter Roberts "University of California, Los Angeles "

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introduction: Colonial Power and Aesthetic Practicep. 1
Maa Warriorhood and British Colonial Discoursep. 27
Idoma Warriorhood and the Pax Britannicap. 59
Sculptors and Smiths
Colonial Rupture and Innovation: The Colonizer as Inadvertent Patronp. 99
Samburu Smiths, Idoma Maskmakers: Power at a Distancep. 133
Masks, Spears, the Body
Mask and Spear: Art, Thing, Commodityp. 183
Warrior Theatre and the Ritualized Bodyp. 201
Idoma Sculpture: Colonialism and the Market for African Artp. 241
Samburu Encounters with Modernity: Spears as Tourist Souvenirsp. 271
Samburu Warriors in Hollywood Films: Cinematic Commoditiesp. 293
Reprise: The Three C's: Colonialism, Commodities, and Complex Representationsp. 309
Coda: From Spears to Guns in the North Riftp. 317
Notesp. 323
Bibliographyp. 345
Indexp. 365
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ISBN: 9780253219220
ISBN-10: 0253219221
Series: African Expressive Cultures
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 381
Published: 1st October 2007
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.49  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.57