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Ethiopia : traditions of creativity
Silverman, Raymond Aaron.
Publication Information:
Seattle, WA : University of Washington Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xix, 308 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Traditions of creativity / Artifacts as "daily art" in Meén culture : the life and work of Bogine Shala and Gelta Foroshowa / Harari basketry through the eyes of Amina Ismael Sherif / Every woman an artist : the milk containers of Elema Boru / Zerihun Yetmgeta and Ethiopian world art / Menjiye Tabeta-- artist and actor : the life and work of a Fuga woodworker / Qes Adamu Tesfaw-- a priest who paints : painting in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church / Jembere and his son Marcos : traditional painting at the end of the twentieth century / Silverwork in the highlands : the life and work of Gezahegan Gebre Yohannes and Abib Saíd / Sorghum surprise : the models of Tolera Tafa / Tabita Hatuti : biography of a woman potter / Ilto and Arba-- two Doko weavers
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Presents the work of 15 contemporary Ethiopian artists and looks at Ethiopia's artistic traditions from the perspective of various countries and academic disciplines. Art traditions are introduced through the lives and works of individuals who create the objects that are central to the physical and

Author Notes

Raymond A. Silverman is associate professor of art history and adjunct curator of African visual culture at Michigan State University

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Library Journal Review

While classicists have long been interested in the ancient Ethiopian empires at Meroe and Aksum, and Medievalists continue to study the almost 2000-year-old tradition of Ethiopian Orthodox Christian art, Africanists have largely overlooked the rich diversity of the indigenous visual culture of northeast Africa. This volume, accompanying an exhibition curated by Silverman, seeks to rectify this scholarly oversight with an anthology of illustrated essays by a distinguished group of anthropologists, historians, and art historians. Unlike most African art studies, this one focuses primarily on individual, named artistsÄe.g., wood sculptors, basket makers, metalworkers, potters, church muralists, and modern painters. Wide-ranging if not all-inclusive, the text reveals much about the scope of Ethiopia's artistry. And although each essay is accompanied by a few field and object photographs, this is no coffee-table art book. Highly recommended for all academic libraries because of its scholarship and unique topical focus.ÄEugene C. Burt, Seattle (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Bahru ZewdeRaymond A. SilvermanJon AbbinkAhmed ZekariaMarco BassiElisabeth BiasioAlula Pankhurst and Worku NidaRaymond A. SilvermanRaymond A. Silverman and Girma FissehaRaymond A. Silverman and Neal W. SobaniaNeal W. SobaniaTsehai Berhane-SelassieMary Ann Zelinsky-Cartledge and Daniel M. Cartledge
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
A Note on Orthographyp. xviii
Map of Ethiopiap. 2
1 Introduction: Traditions of Creativityp. 3
2 Artifacts as "Daily Art" in Me'en Culture: The Life and Work of Bogine Shala and Gelta Foroshowap. 27
3 Harari Basketry through the Eyes of Amina Ismael Sherifp. 47
4 Every Woman an Artist: The Milk Containers of Elema Borup. 65
5 Zerihun Yetmgeta and Ethiopian World Artp. 89
6 Menjiye Tabeta-Artist and Actor: The Life and Work of a Fuga Woodworkerp. 113
7 Qes Adamu Tesfaw-A Priest Who Paints: Painting in the Ethiopian Orthodox Churchp. 133
8 Jembere and His Son Marcos: Traditional Painting at the End of the Twentieth Centuryp. 157
9 Silverwork in the Highlands: The Life and Work of Gezahegn Gebre Yohannes and Abib Sa'idp. 183
10 Sorghum Surprise: The Models of Tolera Tafap. 201
11 Tabita Hatuti: Biography of a Woman Potterp. 217
12 Ilto and Arba-Two Doko Weaversp. 241
Notesp. 257
Glossaryp. 275
Referencesp. 283
List of Contributorsp. 293
Photo Credits and Museum Accession Numbersp. 297
Indexp. 301