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Masks: Faces of Culture

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From Paleolithic times to the present, people have 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. Transporting readers across centuries ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by St Louis City Art Museum
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Apr 23, 2012 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book was awesome-- I read it as part of my thesis research.
I will quickly just spew what my take-aways were-- sorry if it repeats itself a little-- I'm remembering from back across a few years here :)
It's a collection of photographs of a wide variety of face/head-wear, some of which we would traditionally easily term "masks," and others we wouldn't, and contains really interesting captions explaining why such unexpected items as hockey masks, football helmets, industrial vizors and space h
Oct 05, 2011 Kerfe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Masks both conceal and reveal."

The history of masking is a mirror of human relations to the environment, the spiritual world, and each other.

The authors have assembled a wide-ranging and, well, awe-inspiring collection of masks, relating individual and societal uses and contexts while comparing across both cultures and time.

Page after page of information and inspired creativity.
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