Smashing Pots

Smashing Pots

Works of Clay From Africa

Book - 1994
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Baker & Taylor
Offers a look at the history of African pottery, from excavation finds to more recent examples

Blackwell North Amer
In many parts of Africa marriage involves the making of new pots and funerals the smashing of old. Smashing Pots surveys the role of pottery in traditional and modern Africa, the technologies it calls into play and the extraordinary aesthetic effects it achieves. Nigel Barley shows how pottery is used in cultural thought and how it reflects, in Africa, important ways of thinking about human bodies and powers, time and change. Pottery enters into religion and medicine, the structuring of sexuality and the control of fertility and through it important differences emerge between Western and African notions of gender.
Illustrated with field photographs and pots from the British Museum's unsurpassed collection, this book provides the only comprehensive introduction to African pottery currently available.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press, c1994
ISBN: 1560984198
Branch Call Number: 738.30967 BAR
Characteristics: 168 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm

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