Catalogue Information

This catalogue commemorates the exhibition of African metalwork curated by Tom Joyce for the 1998 ABANA conference in Asheville, North Carolina. The essay, map, bibliography, and detailed descriptions that accompany the photographs seek to share a most important aspect of metalworking traditions still alive on the African continent. Illustrated in this publication are tools, weapons, jewelry, musical instruments, divination implements, ceremonial objects, and currency tokens.


Life Force at the Anvil
The Blacksmith's Art from Africa

32 pages
40 black and white photographs

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All revenue generated through the sale of the exhibition catalogues is designated for a new ABANA endowment called the "International Membership Scholarship" for research in the metal arts. This endowment is intended to further education and foster communication between metalsmiths around the world. The primary focus of funding support will encourage study of metalsmithing traditions in parts of the world where little or no research has been done. By presenting an invitation to document observations in the field and to share it with others, it is hoped that this fund will broaden understanding of indigenous metalsmithing systems and culture.

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Life Force at the Anvil
The Blacksmith's Art from Africa

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