The World of Songye


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Passions and Collections

Edited by Anne Vanderstraete and François Neyt with contributions from Dieter Buchhart, Jacques Cuisin, Kevin Dumouchelle, Lance Entwistle, Bernard de Grunne, Susan Kloman, François Neyt, Alexis Maggiar and Constantine Petridis

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The ultimate and authoritative introduction to Songye culture, sculpture, masks, and iron forging

This lavishly illustrated book brings a new approach to the masterpieces of Songye, a Bantu ethnic group from the central Democratic Republic of the Congo, exploring the styles of the different regions, the identification of Songye master artists, and the specificity of Kifwebe masks.
The World of Songye displays a large number of unpublished and specially commissioned photographs of Songye works of art from private and public collections, and of historic field photographs. Edited by the unchallenged specialists of the subject with contributions from ten distinguished writers, World of Songye analyzes Songye aesthetics and symbols, the Songye representation of animals and weapons and the history of collecting Songye artifacts on the field. It also explores the religious and magical functions and powers of Songye objects and their influence on modern art, focusing in particular on Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Distributed for Mercatorfonds

Anne Vanderstraete-Van Cutsem is an art historian, author and curator of exhibitions at the Dapper, Wereldmuseum, and Barbier-Mueller museums. François Neyt is professor emeritus at Catholic University of Louvain and the author of numerous reference books on African Art.

ISBN: 9780300267020
Publication Date: June 27, 2023
Publishing Partner: Distributed for Mercatorfonds
480 pages, 9 7/8 x 12 1/2
300 color + b/w illus.

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