Africa: The Art of a Continent

Tom Phillips, Royal Academy of Arts (Great Britain)
Ranging from the oldest known human artifact, circa 1.6 million BC, to pieces made within living memory, the objects collected in this volume reflect a continent of enormous cultural and historical scope. Arranged chronologically within seven geographical sections, it offers an array of sculptures in wood, bronze, stone and gold as well as rock paintings, ceremonial pieces, ceramics, jewellery and textiles culled from private and public collections around the world. Commentary by renowned scholars illuminates the cultural and historical significance of these pieces and in-depth authoritative texts highlights critical aspects of each region. Together these words and images take readers on artistic grand tour through a continent of unparalleled diversity and towards the thrilling discovery of not one Africa, but many.

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