Land of the Flying Masks: Art & Culture in Burkina Faso, the Thomas G. B. Wheellock Collection (Anglais) Relié – 18 mai 2007
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The objects featured, as the title suggests, are principally Masks, but there are also Chief Figures, Chief Posts, Weapons and Horsegear, Spirit posts, Protection and Divination Sculpture, Prestige Staffs and Scepters, Spoons, Lamps, Combs and Pipes, Dolls, Heddle Pulleys, Doors and Door Locks, Chairs and Stools. The masks are from the following tribes or peoples : Nuna, Nunuma/Winiama, Lela, Sisala, Mossi, Kurumba, Bwa, Marka-Dafing, Samo, Bobo, Bolon and Zara, Tusyan.
I own over 300 books on Tribal Art, and this is quite simply one of the best books on African Art I have ever seen. The quality of the selected sculptures is matched by the quality of the photographs, presentation, format and paper. Burkina Faso boasts some of the very best West African art, and the collection of Thomas Wheelock, unlike some private collections, is of a consistently superb standard. Unfortunately the book is OOP now (2012), and over $500, but it must be considered as indispensable nonetheless.
Since I originally posted this review, I now own over 600 tribal art books, and I would still rate this magnificent volume in the top five. The bad news is that the book is out-of-print and very expensive.
BOOK RATING : 10/10
found in Burkina Faso. Author and collector Tom Wheelock had the good fortune to stumble upon this fact in the early 1970s. Persevering through chicanery and art market snobbery he assembled the largest collection of Burkina art in the world over the course of the next three decades. In this remarkable book, Land of Flying Masks, Tom Wheelock shares highlights from his collection in clean, bold images, with informative text and stunning field photography by Professor Christopher Roy, This is not a book of masterpieces- although there are more than a few- it is unique and long overdue survey of the traditional art of a single African nation lovingly rendered. Besides the flying masks one will find gorgeous baskets, stools, rings, hats, pots and musical instruments. A catalog with color thumbnail images and copious identifications takes up a substantial number of pages. For those of us who love African material culture in all its variety, particularly those passionate about the art of West Africa this book is an absolute must.
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