The works of Dr. Neil Carey expand our understanding of the art and traditions of the Poro men's secret society of West Africa. This book reveals that, contrary to Western teaching, the Koranko people of Sierra Leone and Guinea do indeed use Bush Spirit masks in their secret Poro rituals. Most of these masks are body masks, rather than horizontal masks or face masks. In addition to presenting a previously unpublished and important set of Koranko masks from all grade levels of Poro, the author also differentiates between the styles of Koranko masks and those of the neighboring Toma. Finally, Carey discusses previously published Koranko masks that have historically been misattributed to the Toma. Included are 13 photographs of previously unpublished objects, as well as 10 photographs of reattributed published masks.
The importance of this book extends far beyond the traditional arts of the Koranko and the Toma, for like all of this author's work, it gives us a better understanding of the Poro, the original traditional religion of much of sub-Saharan West Africa, its secret rituals, and the uses of material art in its social-political-religious role as an agent of social control. One of only a handful of volumes on Koranko life and culture, it is the only one dedicated to their art and masking traditions. As an added benefit, it also serves as a primer on the Poro and on Loma/Toma art and culture.
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Neil Carey is an independent scholar, researcher, Africanist, and physician who since 1997 has specialized in the Poro and related secret societies of West Africa, with special interest in their art and material culture. He is the author of several important books and papers on the art and culture of the Poro-related ethnic groups in W. Africa.Review:
Masks of the Koranko Poro offers a welcome new supply of information about the masks of the [Loma and Koranko] peoples...For the art lover it is a guide for distinguishing a Koranko mask from masks of the neighboring peoples. [Carey demonstrates] that, up to now, in literature the major part of the Koranko Poro masks have been wrongly attributed to the Loma, Gbande, or Kissi...the reader shall be pleasantly surprised that Masks of the Koranko Poro furnishes new details about the functional context and meaning of known mask types of the Koranko and Loma. --Annamieke Van Damme-Linseele in: African Arts (2010) 43:2
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Descrizione libro Ethnos Publications, 2008. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0979329019
Descrizione libro Ethnos Publications, 2008. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0979329019
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