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Asmat Art: Woodcarvings of Southwest New Guinea
Smidt, Dirk A. M. Editor,
ISBN: 9054500018
Periplus, Amsterdam, 1993. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Very Good. Illustrator: Photographic. First Edition. introduction by editor, appendix, bibliography, acknowledgements and index. Pale gum green coloured endpapers. The text is illustrated with colour and black-and-white photography along with a map. Black coloured boards with silver coloured embossed titles to the front panel and silver coloured titles to the back strip. Photographic dustwrapper with red and white coloured titles to the front panel and back strip. "Asmat Art features world-renowned wood carvings of the Asmat, former head-hunters who live in the tidal swampland Southern Irian Jaya, the western half of the island of New Guinea. Working with stone axis, bone, bits of shell, and an occasional iron nail that washed ashore with flotsam from passing ships, early carvers fashion wood into stunning masterpieces: war shields, some taller than a man; figure sculptures; and ceremonial carvings, most famously the towering bisj poles. Assembled here are the finest examples of Asmat woodcarving art, drawn from extensive collection of the Rijkesmuseum voor Volkenkunde (National Museum of Ethnology) in Leiden and other fine museums." -- from rear panel blurb. Softening of the back strip corners and to the book corners. Rubbing to the lower edges with age toning of the text block edges. Some faint foxing marks to the first few and last few pages of the book. Chipping to the lower dustwrapper corners with a little creasing of the dustwrapper edges. Rubbing of the dustwrapper panels. Size: Folio (over 12" tall ). [9], X - XIII, [2], 16 - 160 pages,. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Indigenous Cultures; Woodcarving; New Guinea; Art & Design. ISBN: 9054500018. ISBN/EAN: 9789054500018. Inventory No: 0122416. THIS BOOK WEIGHS OVER 1KG WITHOUT PACKING AND EXTRA POST WILL BE REQUIRED FOR SHIPMENT OUTSIDE AUSTRALIA. PLEASE ENQUIRE FOR COSTS BEFORE YOU ORDER, THANK YOU. Very Good Condition
Price: $52.80 (AUD)
Book Number: 0122416  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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