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The Making of Bamana Sculpture Creativity and Gender Sarah C Brett-Smith Cambridge University Press 1994 Hardback

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The Making of Bamana Sculpture Creativity and Gender by Sarah C Brett-Smith, published by Cambridge University Press 1994, 352 pages. Hardback with unclipped dustjacket. Dustjacket is in good condition with the exception of a small tear at the top of the back of the dustjacket and a little discolouration. Brown cloth covers with black titling to spine-very good condition. The book itself is in very good condition, binding is firm and pages are clean with little sign of use.

Synopsis: The Making of Bamana Sculpture describes both the techniques and the rituals used by Bamana blacksmiths in Mali, West Africa, when they carve sacred sculpture. Chronicling the process of decision-making that results in a commission, it provides a detailed account of the carving process and also analyses the meaning of this process. Sarah Brett-Smith demonstrates that Bamana sculptors compare the process of producing a ritual object both to sexual intercourse and to childbirth. Her study details how Bamana sculptors become 'great' artists, how this process requires a shift from a 'male' to a 'female' gender identity, and why the Bamana believe that the ambitious artist must make tragic sacrifices to win renown.

A fascinating and profusely illustrated book.

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Author(s):
Sarah C Brett-Smith
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1994
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
352
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
The Making of Bamana Sculpture Creativity and Gender

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The Making of Bamana Sculpture Creativity and Gender by Sarah C Brett-Smith, published by Cambridge University Press 1994, 352 pages. Hardback with unclipped dustjacket. Dustjacket is in good condition with the exception of a small tear at the top of the back of the dustjacket and a little discolouration. Brown cloth covers with black titling to spine-very good condition. The book itself is in very good condition, binding is firm and pages are clean with little sign of use.

Synopsis: The Making of Bamana Sculpture describes both the techniques and the rituals used by Bamana blacksmiths in Mali, West Africa, when they carve sacred sculpture. Chronicling the process of decision-making that results in a commission, it provides a detailed account of the carving process and also analyses the meaning of this process. Sarah Brett-Smith demonstrates that Bamana sculptors compare the process of producing a ritual object both to sexual intercourse and to childbirth. Her study details how Bamana sculptors become 'great' artists, how this process requires a shift from a 'male' to a 'female' gender identity, and why the Bamana believe that the ambitious artist must make tragic sacrifices to win renown.

A fascinating and profusely illustrated book.

Author(s):
Sarah C Brett-Smith
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1994
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
352
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
The Making of Bamana Sculpture Creativity and Gender

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