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Wood

Chapter:
(p.89) 11 Wood
Source:
The Power of the Between
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226775364.003.0012

This chapter begins by describing the author's visit to the Warehouse, which has been the major storehouse of African “wood” in New York City. It then addresses the question of how and why West African traders consider African art to be “wood” and “mud”. The answer devolves from a trading tradition profoundly shaped by Islam and the history of long-distance trading in West Africa.

Keywords:   African wood, African art, New York City, Islam, West Africa, mud

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