This volume highlights the profound connections between the diverse populations of the Côte d’Ivoire, revealing the extent to which their widely varied cultures draw inspiration from the heart of the country, as well as from beyond its frontiers.
Providing a comprehensive overview for the reader, the book recounts Côte d’Ivoire’s cultural highlights, illuminating the region’s multi-faceted artistic environment. It explores the country’s geographical framework, population and historical data (maps and migrations) as well as examining some of the most significant sculpted works from each respective culture, viewed from both an art historical and technical standpoint (sculpture, silverwork, painting, weights for weighing gold, textiles, etc.). More than 250 objects are presented, with particular attention paid to large-scale wooden sculptural works, Akan silver and ceramics. The resplendent beauty and compelling strength of the sculptures speak for themselves, expressing the astounding richness of Ivorian art.
François Neyt is professor emeritus at the Université catholique de Louvain and an emeritus member of Belgium’s Académie Royale des Sciences d’Outre-Mer.membre émérite de l’Académie royale des Sciences d’Outre-Mer de Belgique.