Art and Power in the Central African Savanna

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By Constantine Petridis

Revealing the powers immanent in works that the West long regarded only as exotic or abstract, Constantine Petridis looks beneath the surface of the arts of the Luba, Songye, Chokwe, and Lulwa peoples to find, literally embedded in sculpture, the forces that enable the spirit world to intervene in daily life. Art and Power examines an artistic culture in which the sacred and the secular are indivisible, and aesthetic and moral value inseparable.

157 Pages

Published 2008