It took Europeans several centuries to recognize that the natives of the New World had souls. The hallucinatory frescoes that decorated pre-Colombian palaces, the feathered finery of the Amazonian Indians, the Taino zemis, which were used for communicating with the afterworld, and the Eskimos' shamanic masks illustrate these cultures' artistic virtuosity and their high degree of spirituality. This second volume in the Primal Arts series combines aesthetics and ethnology and is equally as dynamic, both visually and textually, as the first volume, which explored the arts of Africa and Oceania. It is an indispensable initiation to the new Musée du Quai Branly in Paris and a sumptuous art book, in which masks, sculptures, objects, and finery, contextualized by rare archival material—photographs by Paul-Emile Victor and Claude Lévi-Strauss, and Karel Kupka's collection of aboriginal bark paintings—recover their original meaning without losing any of their entrancing beauty.
6.2 x 8.5 in - 15.7 x 21.6 cm
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