Fulani Matrix of Beauty and Art in the Djolof Region of Senegal

Author: Shaw, Thomas
Year:1994
Pages:136
ISBN:0-7734-9395-6
978-0-7734-9395-7
Price:139.95
The Fulani are one of the most widely dispersed groups in West Africa. This book focuses on one group, the Djolof Fulani, and takes a long look at the Fulani castes, especially the griots and wood carvers. Its conclusion also discusses the problems of labeling objects as Fulani art. In particular it examines one kind of art, their milk bowls, which are made by men and decorated by women of the caste of wood carvers. There is an attempt to sort out the meaning and context of the geometric designs on the bowls. This study fills a lacuna in the study of African art.