Cloth $55.00 ISBN: 9781789141238 Will Publish November 2019 For sale in North and South America only

The Artfulness of Death in Africa

John Mack

The Artfulness of Death in Africa

John Mack

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288 pages | 50 color plates, 49 halftones | 7 1/2 x 9 3/4
Cloth $55.00 ISBN: 9781789141238 Will Publish November 2019 For sale in North and South America only
If weddings are the most lavish events in many parts of the world, in Sub-Saharan Africa, by contrast, it is funerals. Funeral celebrations can be flamboyant occasions, particularly those honoring prominent people. Artworks of many kinds are created to commemorate the dead from mortuary sculptures and extravagant coffins to elaborate headstones, memorials, monuments, and cenotaphs.

This book is a unique survey of the artful nature of funerals in Africa. Drawing on a wide range of historical, anthropological, archaeological, art historical, and literary sources, John Mack charts the full range of African funereal art, highlighting examples from across the continent and from ancient times to today. Featuring abundant illustrations—some of which have never been published before—The Artfulness of Death in Africa is essential reading for those interested in African art, culture, society, and history.
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John Picton, SOAS University of London
“A much-needed publication relevant to the growing popular interest in death, dying, mourning, and thereafter.”
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