The Resource Heroic Africans : legendary leaders, iconic sculptures, Alisa LaGamma

Heroic Africans : legendary leaders, iconic sculptures, Alisa LaGamma

Label
Heroic Africans : legendary leaders, iconic sculptures
Title
Heroic Africans
Title remainder
legendary leaders, iconic sculptures
Statement of responsibility
Alisa LaGamma
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Over the centuries, artists across sub-Saharan Africa have memorialized eminent figures in their societies using an astonishingly diverse repertoire of naturalistic and abstract sculptural idioms. Adopting complex aesthetic fromulations, they idealized their subjects but also added specific details--such as emblems of rank, scarification patterns, and elaborate coiffures--in order to evoke the individuals represented. Imbued with the essence of their formidable subjects, these works played an essential role in reifying ties with important ancestors at critical moments of transition. Often their transfer from one generation to the next was a prerequisite for conferring legitimacy upon the leaders who followed. The arrival of Europeans as traders, then as colonizers, led to the dislocation of many of these sculptures from their original sites, as well as from the contexts in which they were conceived; thus, today, they are seen primarily as timeless representations of generic archetypes. "Heroic Africans" reexamines the sculptures in terms of the individuals who inspired them and the cultural values that informed them, providing insight into the hidden meaning and inspiration behind these great artistic achievements
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
LaGamma, Alisa
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
NB1091.65
LC item number
.L34 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • catalogs
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
  • Museum Rietberg
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Figure sculpture, African
  • Portrait sculpture, African
  • Sculpture
  • Art and society
  • Art and society
  • Figure sculpture, African
  • Portrait sculpture, African
  • Sculpture
  • Held (Motiv)
  • Häuptling (Motiv)
  • Plastik
  • Held (Motiv)
  • Häuptling (Motiv)
  • Plastik
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Subsaharisches Afrika
  • Subsaharisches Afrika
Label
Heroic Africans : legendary leaders, iconic sculptures, Alisa LaGamma
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Issued in connection with an exhibition held Sept. 20, 2011-Jan. 29, 2012, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and at the Rietberg Museum, Zürich, at later dates
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Visual poems in praise of an ever-present past: Ife terracottas
  • Pageantry and ritual: the Akan
  • Dancing figures and effigy thrones: Grassfield chiefdoms
  • The golden age of Shyáám and beyond: the Kuba
  • Of hunter princes and cherished maidens: the Chokwe and Luluwa
  • Sublime chiefs and the persistence of memory: the Hemba
Dimensions
31 cm.
Extent
xi, 298 p.
Isbn
9780300175844
Isbn Type
(hc: yale university press)
Lccn
2011029005
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)711045520
  • (OCoLC)ocn711045520
Label
Heroic Africans : legendary leaders, iconic sculptures, Alisa LaGamma
Publication
Note
Issued in connection with an exhibition held Sept. 20, 2011-Jan. 29, 2012, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and at the Rietberg Museum, Zürich, at later dates
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Visual poems in praise of an ever-present past: Ife terracottas
  • Pageantry and ritual: the Akan
  • Dancing figures and effigy thrones: Grassfield chiefdoms
  • The golden age of Shyáám and beyond: the Kuba
  • Of hunter princes and cherished maidens: the Chokwe and Luluwa
  • Sublime chiefs and the persistence of memory: the Hemba
Dimensions
31 cm.
Extent
xi, 298 p.
Isbn
9780300175844
Isbn Type
(hc: yale university press)
Lccn
2011029005
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)711045520
  • (OCoLC)ocn711045520

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