Wood Sculpture in Nepal Jokers and Talismans
Wood Sculpture in Nepal
Jokers and Talismans
By Bertrand Goy, and Max Itzikovitz
Contribution by Gisele Krausskopff, and Henri Bancaud
Photographer Hughes Dubois
  • Imprint: 5 Continents Editions
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2009
  • Price: $75.00
  • Trim Size: 9 12 x 11
  • ISBN: 88-7439-509-4
  • EAN: 9788874395095
  • Page Count: 184
  • Illustrations: 140 full-color illustrations
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rights: US & Canada

In the 1980s, enigmatic wood masks, similar to those worn by Siberian and Eskimo shamans, began to appear in Parisian galleries that specialized in exotic art. Only the customary red wax affixed to the objects indicated that their origin was in fact Nepal. Art lovers, fascinated by the masks' expressions and the thickness of patina, enthusiastically began to collect them, though they were still shrouded in mystery. In this beautifully photographed book, Bertrand Goy and Max Itzikovitz set out to uncover the history of the masks and to determine their place in Nepalese culture.
The authors also investigate western Nepal's unsophisticated, anthropomorphic wood sculptures, which can be seen today in temples, on bridges, and on the outskirts of villages. No one knows if these are protective effigies or tribute to divinities from an antiquated religion. With an insightful text and striking imagery, this book attempts to pull back the veil on one of the world's most cryptic art forms.

About the authors

Bertrand Goy is a specialist in the history of primitive arts. His publication Jarai was awarded the 2006 Auguste Pavie Award by the Academie des Sciences d'Outremer. Max Itzikovitz is a wellknown collector of primitive arts; works from his collection are featured in this book.