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African Art at the Harn Museum

Spirit Eyes, Human Hands

Robin Poynor (author) Roy Sieber (National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, USA)
(introduction)

ISBN: 9780813013251

Publication Date: Feb 1995

Format: Hardback

An introduction to the notable collection of West African art from the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. It specifically addresses the role of the art object as a link between the spiritual and the temporal worlds. Objects examined include a bowl from Cameroon and a fertility figure from Ghana.
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With dramatic colour and black-and-white photographs of 93 pieces of art, "Spirit Eyes, Human Hands" introduces the notable collection of West African art from the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. In the traditional view of many Africans, the spiritual and temporal worlds depend upon each other for companionship and material well-being. As the inhabitants of either realm cross and recross their world boundaries, art objects function as intimate links between the two domains, allowing both spirit and human to see and to manipulate each other. This work specifically addresses the role of the art object - a bowl from Cameroon, a mask from Burkina Faso or Sierra Leone, an ancestral altar from Nigeria, a fertility figure from Ghana - as a medium through which each world gains entrance into the other. Poynor's essay presents each work in its geographic and cultural context. Line drawings and abundant field photographs enhance the text and support the idea that objects assist communication between two worlds.
Illustrations 17 colour illustrations, 76 b&w photographs, 3 maps, notes, bibliography, index
Pages 240
Date Published 28 Feb 1995
Publisher University Press of Florida
Subject/s Theory of art   Cultural studies   Travel & holiday guides   art & design styles  

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