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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Material culture and commerce in precolonial Africa
Editor:Kriger, Colleen E.ISNI
Year:2015
Periodical:History in Africa (ISSN 1558-2744)
Volume:42
Pages:319-395
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
Portuguese-speaking Africa
Tanzania
Mozambique
Sahara
Subjects:material culture
trade
cultural change
ivory
pottery
adornment
Link:http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/hia.2015.14
Abstract:This section of 'History in Africa' deals with the theme of material culture and commerce in precolonial African history. Sources range from language, documents, and travelers' accounts to material culture and archaeological excavations. Authors explore when and why culture changes, and show that people change it selectively, exposing how regional African histories fit into global economic frameworks. Articles in this section: 'Bini, vidi, vici': on the misuse of 'style' in the analysis of sixteenth century Luso-African ivories (Peter Mark); Competition and ceramics on the East African coast: long-term perspectives on nineteenth-century history at the Swahili port town of Mikindani, Tanzania (Matthew C. Pawlowicz); Lip ornaments and the domestication of trade goods: fashion in sixteenth and seventeenth century Central East Africa (Andrea Felber Seligman); Material biographies: Saharan trade and the lives of objects in fourteenth and fifteenth-century West Africa (Raymond A. Silverman). Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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