A Host of Devils: The History and Context of the Making of Makonde Spirit Sculpture [NOOK Book]

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A Host of Devils provides an in-depth account of the background, origin and development of the spirit figure sculptures which emerged during colonial times among the Makonde people of Mozambique.
The creation of such works is shown to connect with a regional system of knowledge and practice, within which spirits function as a format for expression. The book describes the ways in which the sculpture emerged, as well as the author's experience of...
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A Host of Devils: The History and Context of the Making of Makonde Spirit Sculpture

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Overview

A Host of Devils provides an in-depth account of the background, origin and development of the spirit figure sculptures which emerged during colonial times among the Makonde people of Mozambique.
The creation of such works is shown to connect with a regional system of knowledge and practice, within which spirits function as a format for expression. The book describes the ways in which the sculpture emerged, as well as the author's experience of learning how to carve.
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'This is a book that should be in every library devoted to African art.' - T.O.Beidelman, Anthropos
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136476730
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 4 MB

Table of Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 The Makonde 9
The origins of Makonde ethnic identity 10
The regime of the Companhia do Nyassa 17
The cotton regime, 1938-61 22
FRELIMO and the liberation struggle 24
The Makonde diaspora in Tanzania 28
2 Cosmology and the body 35
Cosmology and power 36
Mapiko masquerade 39
The paradox of the dancing dead 44
Tattooing: the "mask of defiance" 50
Conclusion: mastery in the world 56
3 Carvers and patrons 59
The carver in pre-colonial Makonde society 63
Nyekenyu Nangundu and the origins of blackwood carving 65
Colonial patronage 68
Mohamed Peera and the Dar es Salaam 'School' 77
4 Apprenticeship 91
Fundi Hendrick Thobias 91
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