This beautifully illustrated book showcases 110 objects from the Dallas Museum of Art's world-renowned African collection. In contrast to Western "art for art's sake," tradition-based African art served as an agent of religion, social stability, or social control. Chosen both for their visual appeal and their compelling histories and cultural significance, the works of art are presented under the themes of leadership and status; the cycle of life; decorative arts; and influences (imported and exported). The objects are often accompanied by fascinating photographs that show the context in which they were used.
(This catalogue was published on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the inception of the DMA's African collection with the gift of the world-renowned Stillman Collection of Congo sculpture, donated by Eugene and Margaret McDermott.)