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Bamana: Visions of Africa Series Paperback – Oct 1 2008

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: 5Continents (Oct. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8874393482
  • ISBN-13: 978-8874393480
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.6 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,650,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jean-Paul Colleyn, anthropologist and documentary filmmaker, is Head of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, and has taught at New York University. He is the author and director of thirty documentary films, several books and many articles on anthropological subjects in Mali, where he has been doing fieldwork since 1972.

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Bamana Aug. 10 2009
By J. B. Gwin - Published on
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I have all the volumes of 5 Continents "Visions of Africa" series and I like every one. They give you a great perspective on the history of each tribe, past and current interpretations of their cultures and art objects. There are so many tribes in Africa, it is really difficult for an amateur to keep up with all of them. The Bamana has particular interest to me because my earliest interest in African art was nurtured by the exposure to a Chiwara headress. It wasn't a very good one, but I fell in love with it because of it's alluring form and the creative interpretation of the subject. There are some excellent examples of Bamana art, including Chiwaras in the Menil collection in Houston, some similar to those in this book. The chiwara or "tyiwara", are represented by 15 examples here, and the variety, composition and allure of each is distinctive. There are 62 color plates, with plate captions at the end so you can enjoy the beautiful photos of each piece without distraction, which is the same approach taken by the Menil Collection. The other items include wood figures and masks. Most, if not all, of these specimens have appeared in other books over the years, but it doesn't diminish their role in making this an excellent resource for reviewing art of the Bamana and reviewing the culture of the people. Personally, I also enjoy seeing where the original pieces are located, so I can look for them in a museum, or recall having seen one there on a trip.
Nice Collection Of Banana (Bambara) Art Nov. 2 2014
By James I. Cole - Published on
Format: Paperback
Softcover, 9.75" x 6.75", 140 Pages, 16 Field Photos, 60 full-page color plates of Bamana art objects (mostly figures and masks), 60 B/W thumbnails of same items with descriptions. Annotated bibliography. I Map. 48 Pages Of Text. A volume in the "Visions Of Africa" series. Author : Jean-Paul Colleyn. Published by 5 Continents, 2009.

Part of the ambitious "Visions Of Africa" series, this volume does a good job of encapsulating the art of the Bamana people (also known as Bambara) of Mali in West Africa. As with all books in the series, the art works selected are well photographed, typical of the people, and of a consistently high standard. There are 16 "Chiwara" crest figures shown, here described as "tyiwara" or "sogoni" crests. There are also typical Soruku (hyena) kore masks, ntomo masks, and some beautiful figures. Amongst the 60 plates are 4 or 5 of the best tribal art pieces you will ever see.