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MASKS
Faces of Culture

By John W. Nunley and Cara McCarty
With contributions by John Emigh and Lesley K. Ferris
372 illustrations, 200 in full color,
344 pages, 9-1/2; x 11-3/4;"
ISBN 0-8109-4379-4
US$60.00 CAN$90.00

 

From Paleolithic times to the present, people have used masks to add power and mystery to religious rituals, warfare, and entertainment. This lavishly illustrated book, the companion volume to an exhibition opening at The Saint Louis Art Museum, provides a stunning and comprehensive cultural history of these universal human artifacts.

Transporting readers across centuries and continents, the authors compare and contrast the use of masks in initiation rites and Mardi Gras, Greek tragedy and commedia dell'arte, warfare and football. The 200 colorplates, illustrating such fas- cinating examples as African ceremonial masks, the Apollo 15 space helmet, and an Egyptian death mask, make this landmark study as visually spectacular as it is thought-provoking.

 
 

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