Edited by Frederick John Lamp
Paperback, 302 p., 194 color illus.
Drawing on The Baltimore Museum of Art’s renowned collection of African Art, this vibrantly and extensively illustrated exploration of African rituals encourages readers to look beyond the solitary artifact and toward an understanding of African art, music, and dance as fully sensory experiences. The one hundred objects presented here are a part of ceremonies that rely on sounds, sights, smells, and tastes to deliver their ultimate effects. Color reproductions of the objects, including masks, sculpture, beadwork, and ceramics, are accompanied by brief essays explaining the contexts within which each was created. Field photographs and archival images help bring to life the African ceremonial experience, better understood with the aid of this groundbreaking work.