in The Power of the Between

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226775340
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226775364 | DOI:

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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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Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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