AFRICAN DESIGN
An Illustrated Survey of Traditional Craftwork
Margaret Trowell
Dover Publications
$14.95

 

 

This volume on traditional African design reveals the vigor and eloquent beauty of a particular artform. Its tremendous influence on the development of modern art is readily apparent in the primitive strength of its motifs.

Nearly 200 illustrations, many of them sharply detailed photographs, depict a wealth of handsome objects by craftworkers whose tribes span the continent, from Nigeria to Uganda. There are striking geometric patterns in ornamental basketry; repetitive motifs in fabrics; incised and moulded decorations on the exteriors of houses; carved patterns on an ivory bracelet, wooden drinking vessels, door panels and much more. Each object is identified and its tribal source cited. This book is an excellent reference for collectors and students of African art.

 

 
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