Traditional African crafts including household objects, weapons and jewellry are presented in such a way that will appeal to designers and decorators and to craft hobbyists who have interest in African traditions and cultures.
A look at one hundred masterpieces of African "primitive" art, from the acclaimed collection of the Musee de l'Homme in Paris, encompasses representative works of the Dogon, Zulu, Akan, and other African cultures
An in-depth survey of the textiles of Africa, from raw materials to the final product, with fine photos on every page, mostly black and white and a few in colour. John Picton is a lecturere at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London; John Mack is Keeper of the British Museum's Department of Ethnography.
Now available in a compact paperback edition, this book remains the most comprehensive survey of African textiles on the market today, illustrating in over 570 spectacular colour photographs the traditional, handcrafted, indigenous textiles of the whole continent. Covering, region by region, the handmade textiles of West, North, East, Central and Southern Africa, African Textiles outlines the vast array of techniques used as well as the different types of loom, materials and dyes that help to create these sumptuous textiles. With a useful glossary and map, a guide to collections open to the public, and suggestions for further reading, this book provides a wealth of information on the rich art of African textiles.
Offers a comprehensive survey of African textiles. Covering, region by region, the handmade textiles of West, North, East, Central and Southern Africa, this book outlines an array of techniques used as well as the different types of loom, materials and dyes that help to create these textiles.
This collection of rare and exquisite textiles from Central, Northern and West Africa includes weavings from Ghana, Nigeria and the Ivory Coast; embroideries, veils and haiks from Morocco and Tunisia; and raffia fabrics from Congo. Organised by region, each piece is dramatically photographed to highlight the extraordinary colours, patterns and skill with which it was created. Drawn from a collection consisting of over 4,000 pieces, this book illustrates the most important textiles from the renowned collection. The book provides not only a thrilling sample of timeless patterns and designs but also a historical perspective that deepens our understanding of the importance of woven materials in the African tradition.
The "Nasser D Khalili Collection" contains the largest range of Qur'anic material in private hands and includes examples from centres as far apart as Spain and India. The third of four volumes dedicated to the Qur'ans in the collection, this work covers the period from AD 1400 to AD 1600.
Mimar Koca Sinan (1489-1588), the 'Great Architect Sinan', was appointed chief royal architect to the Ottoman court by Sultan Suleyman I in 1538. During his 50-year career Sinan designed and constructed hundreds of buildings including mosques, palaces, harems, chapels, tombs, schools, almshouses, madrassahs, caravan serais, granaries, fountains, aqueducts and hospitals. His distinctive architectural idiom left its imprint over the terrains of a vast empire extending from the Danube to the Tigris, and he became the most celebrated of all Ottoman architects.Sinan's most influential buildings were his mosques, where his inventive experimention with light-filled centralized domes, often compared with parallel developments in Renaissance Italy, produced spaces in which the central dome appeared weightless and the interior surfaces bathed in light.
A stunning exhibition catalogue showing the splendours of one of the greatest rulers of the world, India's emperor Akbar (1542-1605) Akbar The Great is considered one of the most splendid sovereigns of the humankind. Though being himself an illiterate, he was a great protector of poetry and literature, the builder of the grandiose capital Fathepur Sikri, the City of Victory, and the promoter of a new style in arts and crafts. His deep religious tolerance even brought him to attempt the creation of a syncretistic religion bringing together Islam and Hinduism. The catalogue illustrates all these aspects, covering the court life with portraits and pictures of the political activities and cultural events; describing the development of arts and crafts through paintings and objects; showing the military glory through arms, armours, matchlocks, daggers as well as the Royal Mughal tent; enhancing the splendours through jewel boxes, turban ornaments, earrings, necklaces, etc. The aim of the project also is to stress Akbar's cultural as well as political achievements, and his profound religious spirit and open mind towards all religions he came in contact with.
Akram Zaatari (b1966, Lebanon) has emerged as one of the most prominent commentators on photography in the Middle East. Through film, video and photography, he explores the precarious status of archives in times of war, as well as their discursive limits as narrators of Lebanon's history. His investigations make us witnesses to powerful accounts of a period marked by the violence and disorientation of the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990). Zaatari's works provide a glimpse of what has been concealed from view and hidden inside bodies, and exhumes what has been buried in the earth: letters written in code passed through censors, tiny letters swallowed and delivered after defecation, instantaneous chats between lovers presented as a letter, and reassuring letters enclosed within mortar casings. Akram Zaatari is a video artist and curator who lives and works in Beirut.