With the dispersal of the collection of African sculptures that formed the basis of William Fagg's book "Miniature Wood Carvings of Africa" (1970), the idiom of Miniature African Sculptures has vanished. Yet, small wooden carvings dominate the carving activity of most African sculptors. In fact, they are the kind of statuette that is most often acquired by the indigenous population for their every day religious needs. They are also the most affordable sculptures. The larger pieces are usually for communal purposes or, for wealthier people in a society.
In this publication Herbert Roese discusses these miniature figurines, their purposes and how African sculptures can be interpreted.
Herbert E. Roese was born in 1935 and originally trained as a mechanical engineer. After spending an number of years in Africa and inspecting numerous archaeological sites, he gained a Ph. D. In Archeology and stidied the Iron Age stone sculptures in South Africa. He published his findings in a booklet titled “The Indigenous Sculptural Art of South Africa in Perspective” (1998).
|Title||African Wood Carvings - The Sculptural Art of West Africa|
|ISBN||978 0 9560294 2 3|