Published to accompany an exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum, this is a complete cultural history of masks throughout the world. With nearly 200 colour plates, it includes African ceremonial masks, death masks and the Apollo 15 space helmet.From Paleolithic times to have to present, people 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.PTransporting 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 fascinating 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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