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Carving Wood. Making History....

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Carving Wood, Making History: The Fakeye Family, Modernity and Yoruba Woodcarving

Carving Wood, Making History: The Fakeye Family, Modernity and Yoruba Woodcarvingis the most comprehensive work on the Yoruba woodcarving tradition best represented by the works of the Fakeye family of Ila-Orangun, northeast Yorubaland. The research combines an enormous amount of ethnographic data with images to trace the major phases in the history of woodcarving since the nineteenth century. The study highlights the history and contributions of the most successful family of carvers, considers the issues of tradition, modernity and continuity as well as the import and impact of colonial and postcolonial experiences in the repertoire of Yoruba carvers. The book presents rich biographical data on individual Yoruba artists, and utilizes this to foreground areas of confluences and disjucture between the oeuvres of the artists of the past and those of the new ones. The analysis interrogates discourses on a set of conflicting but complementary forces: continuity and change, past and present, tradition and modernity, primordial and civic, all of which locate Yoruba woodcarving in the entire assemblage of African arts and connect it to bigger questions in art history, African philosophy and history.

This Product was added to our catalogue on Monday 04 June, 2012.

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