Radiance From the Waters. Idealsof Feminine Beauty in Mende Art.


The Sande society of the Mende is a widespread secret female regulatory society that both guards and transmits the ideals of feminine beauty which comprise the fundamental aesthetic criterion in Mende culture.The Sande initiation camp is conceived as a realm beneath the waters,a domain from which beauty and art emerge,a sacred space where women rule.In this eloquent and moving book,Sylvia Ardyn Boone describes the society,its organization,some of its rituals,and finally the mask worn by its members–an archetypal African sculpture called the Sande Sowo head.

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H/b in nice clean boards,in a good pictorial d/w.Size 10×7 pp 22+281,inc,index,bibliography,glossary,many b/w photographic plates and sketches,page maps,and a sample of the Mende Script.This is a library copy,with bookplates and barcode,and the marks where a lable has been removed,all in the f/p/d and e/p.with reference lable and number at the back.along with the usual celotape marks.Hinges strong,Binding firm internaly clean and bright.As library copies go,this is a v/g example.


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