Early Art and Architecture of Africa
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Early Art and Architecture of Africa

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This new history of over 5000 years of African art reveals its true diversity for the first time. Challenging centuries of misconceptions that have obscured the sophisticated nature of African art, Peter Garlake uses the latest research and archaeological findings to offer exciting new insights. All the main regions are covered: southern Africa, Nubia, Aksum, the Niger River, West Africa, Great Zimbabwe, and the East African coast. Acknowledging the universal allure of the African art object, this book restores it to its original social and historical context, helping us to understand more about the ways in which this art was produced, used, and received.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 165.1 x 236.22 x 12.7mm | 566.99g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • numerous colour and haltones; 6 maps; 7 line drawings
  • 0192842617
  • 9780192842619
  • 833,977

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"There is nothing else like it. A sure guide to the Africa of ancient marvels and scenes of confrontation in times and places long forgotten or unknown."--Basil Davidsonshow more

About Peter Garlake

Peter Garlake was Inspector of Monuments, Rhodesia, 1964-70; Senior Research Fellow, University of Ife, Nigeria, 1971-3; Nuffield Research Student, British Institute in Eastern Africa, 1962-4; and Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University College London, 1976-81. He has done archaeological fieldwork in Rhodesia, Nigeria, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, and Somali coasts, Qatar. He has spent the last ten years doing research on the rock art of Zimbabwe.show more

Table of contents

1. Introduction ; 2. Rock Art of Southern Africa ; 3. Nubia ; 4. Aksum ; 5. The Niger River ; 6. West African Forests ; 7. Great Zimbabwe and the Southern African Interior ; 8. The East African Coast ; Notes ; List of Illustrations ; Further Reading ; Timeline ; Indexshow more

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