1300 36 33 32

The making and breaking of pots is a central ritual in African society. To smash a pot is to mark the end of something, whether virginity, incest or life itself. In "Smashing Pots", Nigel Barley surveys the role of pottery in traditional and modern Africa, the technologies it calls into play and the extraordinary aesthetic effects it achieves. He shows how pottery is used in cultural thought and how it reflects, in Africa, important ways of thinking about human bodies and powers, time and change. Pottery enters into religion and medicine, the structuring of sexuality and the control of fertility, and through it important differences emerge between European and African notions of gender. Illustrated with field photographs and pots from the British Museum's unsurpassed collection, this book provides a comprehensive introduction to African pottery.

Buy Smashing Pots book by Nigel Barley from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780714125138
ISBN-10: 071412513X
Format: Hardback
(276mm x 219mm x mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: British Museum Press
Publisher: British Museum Press
Publish Date: 1-May-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Smashing Pots book by Nigel Barley and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write Review

Books By Author Nigel Barley

Toraja by Nigel Barley


Paperback, December 2013
Rogue Raider by Nigel Barley

Rogue Raider

Paperback, September 2013
Innocent Anthropologist by Nigel Barley

The Innocent Anthropologist

Paperback, February 2011
Art of Benin by Nigel Barley

The Art of Benin

Hardback, March 2010