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Description - Wood Sculpture in Nepal by Bertrand Goy

A fascinating overview of the relatively unknown art of Nepal. In the 1980s, enigmatic wood masks, similar to those worn by Siberian and Eskimo shamans, began to appear in Parisian galleries that specialised in exotic art. Only the customary red wax affixed to the objects indicated that their origin was in fact Nepal. Art lovers - fascinated by the masks' expressions and the thickness of patina - enthusiastically began to collect them, though they were still shrouded in mystery. In this beautifully photographed book, Bertrand Goy and Max Itzikovitz set out to uncover the history of the masks and to determine their place in Nepalese culture. The authors also investigate western Nepal's unsophisticated, anthropomorphic wood sculptures, which can be seen today in temples, on bridges, and on the outskirts of villages. No one knows if these are protective effigies or tributes to divinities from an antiquated religion. With an insightful text and striking imagery, this book attempts to pull back the veil on one of the world's most cryptic art forms. AUTHORS: Bertrand Goy, a member of the Societe de Geographie and the Societe des Africanistes, is a specialist in the history of primitive arts. His publication Jarai was awarded the 2006 Auguste Pavie award by the Academie des Sciences d'Outremer. Max Itzikovitz is a well-known collector of primitive arts. 140 colour images

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Book Details

ISBN: 9788874395095
ISBN-10: 8874395094
Format: Hardback
(289mm x 245mm x 21mm)
Pages: 168
Imprint: Five Continents Editions
Publisher: Five Continents Editions
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2009
Country of Publication: Italy

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Author Biography - Bertrand Goy

Bertrand Goy, a member of the Societe de Geographie and the Societe des Africanistes, is specialized in the history of primitive arts. His publication Jarai, was awarded the 2006 Auguste Pavie Award by the Academie des Sciences d'Outremer. Max Itzikovitz is a well-known collector of primitive arts.

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