Mbari : Art and the Life Among the Owerri Igbo

Mbari : Art and the Life Among the Owerri Igbo
Author: Herbert M. Cole
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Publisher: Indiana University Press
Book Format: Hardback
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Pages: 292
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Languages: | English |
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One of the most fascinating artistic phenomena in tropical Africa, mbari houses are little known outside Igboland. Art historian Herbert M. Cole has drawn from his extensive research in eastern Nigeria to produce the first book-length study of this unusual art form. Cole describes the building of a mbari mud house to honor the gods, a process rich in tradition and ritual, marked by body painting, drumming, dancing, singing, and chanting. The ecology, socio-cultural systems, and religion of the Owerri area are examined as a backdrop to the elaborate stage of the building process, which may take up to two years to complete. Illustrated with rare field photographs and superb line drawings, this volume describes and interprets mbari houses not as isolated works of art but as monuments growing out of, and expressive of, the values and beliefs of Owerri Igbo culture.





Herbert M. Cole Biography

Herbert M. Cole, professor emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is the recipient of a lifetime achievement Leadership Award from the Arts Council of the African Studies Association. He is a consultant to collectors and major museums such as the Metropolitan in New York City, the deYoung in San Francisco, and the UCLA Fowler. ... Read full biography

Authors: Herbert M. Cole
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Languages: | English |
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ISBN13: 9780253303974
ISBN10: 0253303974
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Book Format: Hardback
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Pages: 292
Book Weight: 708
Book Dimensions: 152x229x20.57
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Publication date: May 1, 1982
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Publication City/Country: Bloomington, IN, United States

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