The Artfulness of Death in Africa

Mack, John (2019) The Artfulness of Death in Africa. Reaktion Books. ISBN 9781789141238

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Abstract

If weddings are the most lavish events in most parts of the world, in Sub-Saharan Africa, by contrast, it is funerals. Funeral celebrations can be flamboyant occasions, particularly those honouring prominent people. Artworks of many kinds are created to commemorate the dead, from mortuary sculptures and extravagant coffins, to elaborate headstones, memorials, monuments and cenotaphs. This is a unique survey of the ‘artful’ nature of funerals in Africa. Drawing on a wide range of historical, anthropological, archeological, art historical and literary sources, John Mack charts the full range of African funereal art, drawing on examples from across the continent, and from ancient times to today. Featuring abundant illustrations, some of which have never been published before, this is essential reading for those interested in African art, culture, society and history.

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Faculty \ School: University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Art History and World Art Studies
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Date Deposited: 01 May 2020 00:12
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2020 23:55
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/74936
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