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Peter Adamson and G. Fay Edwards

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199375967

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199375967.001.0001

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Of Rainbow Snakes and Baffling Buffalo on a Central African Mask

(p.115) Reflection

Allen F. Roberts

Oxford University Press

Tourist advertisements often depict an Africa filled with an astounding variety of wildlife, to the exclusion of local people (except insofar as they may provide “cultural” performances for safaris). By contrast, over the centuries African artists have depicted few of the domestic and wild animals whose environments they share, and the ones that are chosen are often not those emblematic of Western fantasies. Instead artists have concentrated on a curious menagerie of aardvarks and antelopes, bats and buffalo, pachyderms and pangolins, snakes, spiders, and spotted cats. Why are ...

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