Considering the ubiquitous presence of pottery in Africa, a comprehensive survey of the ceramic traditions of Africa translated into English is long overdue. This book does not and is not intended to meet that need. Rather, it is an introductory overview to the subject utilizing photos of pottery from the Ethnography Department collection of the British Museum, where Barley is an assistant keeper. Barley organizes the text into short chapters, focusing on major themes of pottery production, materials, form, style, decoration, and cultural meaning. The content of the chapters is sketchy, and the supporting evidence provided is frequently anecdotal in character rather than insightful. Also, while the pottery illustrated is fairly representative of the entire continent, the text generally emphasizes West Africa and, oddly, gives detailed attention to North Africa. Keeping in mind its limitations, this work is recommended for public and academic libraries, particularly as a fine source of photos showing a diverse collection of African pots.-Eugene C. Burt, Art Inst. of Seattle Lib.