Medusa: The African Sculpture of Enchantment by Boris WastiauMedusa: The African Sculpture of Enchantment by Boris Wastiau

Medusa: The African Sculpture of Enchantment

byBoris Wastiau

Hardcover | March 1, 2009

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Just as the mythological Greek figure Medusa possessed the extraordinary power of turning onlookers into stone, the stunning African artifacts, masks, and statues showcased in this fascinating book were all created to cast spells on people. The function of these objects was not merely to symbolize a person or thing, but to incarnate a magical power that could act on people and the world during religious and medicinal rituals.

Mysterious and exceptionally crafted, these masks and sculptures are deciphered by African art specialist Boris Wastiau, who examines their symbolism and ritual usage, and explores the connection between the material and spiritual. Against a backdrop of allegories are more than 100 beautifully photographed works from the Museum of Ethnography in Geneva; Medusa is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to African art
Boris Wastiau is curator of the departments of Africa and the Americas at the Museum of Ethnography in Geneva. He is author of the book Chokwe in the 5 Continents Visions of Africa series.
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Title:Medusa: The African Sculpture of EnchantmentFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 11.25 × 9.75 × 1 inPublished:March 1, 2009Publisher:Harry N. AbramsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:8874394691

ISBN - 13:9788874394692

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