African Bead Art: Power and Adornment

African Bead Art: Power and Adornment is the story of art spurred by commerce and trade. Due to the lack of indigenous glassmaking among African societies, the importation of glass beads from Europe and other external sources had a galvanizing effect on the arts of sub-Saharan Africa. This catalog shows the variety, creativity and visual effects that African artists achieved by appropriating “foreign“ materials and demonstrating how beads became encoded as powerful signifiers of status and identity. John Pemberton III, the Museum’s curatorial consultant for African art and the guest curator of the exhibition, is the author of this catalog.

2008. Available in softcover.

Price $40.00

Member Price: $36.00

Product Code: AB5722