Maternity Mothers and Children in the Arts of Africa Herbert M Cole

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
03 Oct 2017
ISBN:
9780300229158
Imprint:
Mercatorfonds
Dimensions:
376 pages: 298 x 241mm
Illustrations:
500 color illus.

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On the African continent, images of mothers and children are found wherever the visual arts are, from early rock-art sites in Egypt and the Sahara to the contemporary arts of South Africa. Found in a variety of materials, from stone, ivory, and metals to beadwork, wood, and even paintings, images of maternity enliven virtually every type of object made in the region.
 
Defining maternity as a biological and cultural phenomenon, the author goes beyond obvious notions of fertility to consider the importance of maternity in thought, ritual action, and worldview. Maternity images of all eras evoke deep and significant messages – well beyond what meets the eye. 

Herbert M. Cole is professor emeritus of history of art and architecture at the University of California Santa Barbara.