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Eyes of the Ancestors: The Arts of Island Southeast Asia at the Dallas Museum of Art

Eyes of the Ancestors: The Arts of Island Southeast Asia at the Dallas Museum of Art

Takes a look at the Dallas Museum of Art's world-renowned collection of artworks from Island Southeast Asia. In this title, the authors describe the contexts, purposes, and aesthetic influences of a range of objects, from intricately woven sacred and ceremonial textiles to carved... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780300184952
Published 15 July 2013 by Yale University Press
Format Hardback
Author(s) Edited by Schefold, Reimar
By Alpert, Steven G.
By Ellis, George
By Jonge, Nico De
By Kedit, Vernon
Series Dallas Museum of Art Publications
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ISBN-13 9780300184952
ISBN-10 0300184956
Stock Available
Status Title is temporarily out of stock
Publisher Yale University Press
Imprint Yale University Press
Publication Date 15 July 2013
International Publication Date 2 August 2013
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) Edited by Schefold, Reimar
By Alpert, Steven G.
By Ellis, George
By Jonge, Nico De
By Kedit, Vernon
Series Dallas Museum of Art Publications
Category Oriental Art
Number of Pages 264
Dimensions Width: 229mm
Height: 305mm
Spine: 33mm
Weight 2,291g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Art - Texas - Dallas, Dallas Museum of Art, Art, Southeast Asian, Art - Malay Archipelago
NBS Text Fine Arts / Art History
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 709.59
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Eyes of the Ancestors takes an in-depth look at the Dallas Museum of Art's world-renowned collection of artworks from Island Southeast Asia. Beautiful photography and essays by distinguished scholars unlock the magic of the island cultures of Indonesia, Sarawak, and East Timor. Leading ethnographer Reimar Schefold introduces these texts, which investigate various indigenous art forms from a fresh perspective. They describe the contexts, purposes, and aesthetic influences of a range of objects, from intricately woven sacred and ceremonial textiles to carved ancestor figures. Also featured are gold and metalwork designs as well as weaponry and jewellery, some dating back more than a hundred years. A 19th-century mouth mask in the collection, from the Leti Islands, is one of only three known to be in existence. Carved in the shape of a bird's head and embellished with boar tusks and buffalo horns, this wooden mask was used in ritual dances. Other spectacular examples from the collection likewise reflect the beliefs and practices of these island people.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Winner of the 2013 Prix International du Livre d'Art Tribal.--Prix International du Livre d'Art Tribal (12/06/2013)

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Author's Bio

Reimar Schefold is professor emeritus of the anthropology and sociology of Indonesia at the University of Leiden and the former chairman of the Royal Institute of Linguistics and Anthropology.

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