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Masks and the art of expression
Mack, John.
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New York : H.N. Abrams, 1994.
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224 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Introduction : about face -- African masking / John Mack -- Masks in Oceania / Dorota Czarkowska Starzecka -- Fictions and parodies : masquerade in Mexico and highland South America / Anthony Shelton -- Masks from the northwest coast of America / J.C.H. King -- Japanese masks : ritual and drama / Gregory Irvine -- Face value : the mask in Greece and Rome / Ian Jenkins -- Masks in ancient Egypt : the image of divinity / John H. Taylor -- The other within ; masks and masquerades in Europe / Cesare Poppi.
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GT1747 .M369 1994 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Masks are a near-universal phenomenon, but the uses and meanings of masquerade vary greatly among cultures. Here, through revealing texts and a wide range of dramatic illustrations, a team of experts discusses the disparate traditions surrounding masks in eight principal areas: Africa, Oceania, Latin America, the Pacific northwest, Japan, classical Greece and Rome, Egypt, and Europe.

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A mask is a mask, or is it? A visual feast of 150 remarkable objects is an integral feature of this expansive survey delving into the rich and complex traditions that have determined uses and meanings of masks from countless archaic cultures right up to modern-day festivals. An imposing, highly sculptural elephant mask of the Cameroon exists in marked contrast to the relatively restrained but highly expressive Japanese No theater masks. Materially enchanting Oceanic masks adorned with feathers, shells, or bark cloth are constructed of intricate basketry and carved wood, and Central and South American masks encrusted with rare stones are cast or carved of solid jade or stone. Ethnographic scholars elaborate on rituals and mythologies associated with these wondrous masks in this articulate and provocative inquiry. ~--Alice Joyce