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Land of the Flying Masks: Art & Culture in Burkina Faso, the Thomas G. B. Wheellock Collection [Hardcover]

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The Thomas G.B. Wheelock Collection is the largest private assemblage of works of Burkina Faso art in the world. Now accessible to the public for the first time, this book reveals the country's enormous artistic range.
Featured here are examples of the intricate and brightly colored masks for which Burkina Faso is best known, and which are used throughout the country in traditional ceremonies and celebrations. The collection also contains a multitude of other ceremonial objects such as costumes, dance ornaments, statues, instruments and pieces of jewelry as well as beautifully crafted everyday items including spoons, pots, baskets, stools and chairs. The pieces in this marvellously panoramic collection reflect a country rich in cultural diversity, tradition, and artistry.

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Pages   471
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 12.05" Width: 10" Height: 1.73"
Weight:   6.66 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2007
Publisher   Prestel Publishing
ISBN  3791335146  
ISBN13  9783791335148  

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Regional > African
2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Museums & Collections > Private
3Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Other Media > Mixed Media

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flying colors for flying masks  Jul 7, 2007
Although Burkina Faso lies between two nations, Mali and Cote d'Ivoire, whose art stands tall in the canons of African sculpture most sought after in the West, Burkina art has been given short shrift by museums, dealers and collectors, and in literature. As a result, long after important older objects had largely vanished from the lands of the Dogon, Bamana, Senufo and Baule, ancient masks, figures, and metalwork could still be
found in Burkina Faso. Author and collector Tom Wheelock had the good fortune to stumble upon this fact in the early 1970s. Persevering through chicanery and art market snobbery he assembled the largest collection of Burkina art in the world over the course of the next three decades. In this remarkable book, Land of Flying Masks, Tom Wheelock shares highlights from his collection in clean, bold images, with informative text and stunning field photography by Professor Christopher Roy, This is not a book of masterpieces- although there are more than a few- it is unique and long overdue survey of the traditional art of a single African nation lovingly rendered. Besides the flying masks one will find gorgeous baskets, stools, rings, hats, pots and musical instruments. A catalog with color thumbnail images and copious identifications takes up a substantial number of pages. For those of us who love African material culture in all its variety, particularly those passionate about the art of West Africa this book is an absolute must.

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