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Fire-spitter mask from the Senufo of the Ivory Coast

A Fire-spitter mask from the Senufo of the Ivory Coast; illustrated in 'Sudanese Sculpuure' by F.-H. Lem, published Paris: Arts et Metiers Graphiques, 1949.

Since its foundation in 1978, Michael Graves-Johnston Antiquarian Books has established itself as a leading authority on rare and antiquarian books, manuscripts and photographs relating to Africa, the Pacific, and tribal and ancient civilisations.

Fields of specialisation include Africa, in particular the countries of West Africa; the Pacific area, comprising Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia; the pre-Columbian and native culture of the Americas; and the arts and civilisations of the ancient world, including those of Egypt, Greece and Rome, as well as Asia, Arabia, the Middle East and Siberia.

Unrivalled in depth and scope, the collection encompasses such works as rare Ethiopian linguistic and religious studies from the early 1500s, and scholarly twentieth-century literary masterpieces on ethnic and tribal art. Archaeology, ethnography, and travel literature are especially well represented.

Michael Graves-Johnston Antiquarian Books provides an unequalled service in collection development and in the acquisition of rare and antiquarian books for an international clientele of public and private institutions and rare-book collectors. Catalogues are produced and can be sent worldwide. To receive one please go to the "Contact" page.

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