House Decoration in Nubia by Marian Wenzel

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House Decoration in Nubia by Marian Wenzel

8vo. pp. xii, 227. 1 map, colour and b/w illustrations. bibliography. index. hardcover. dw. (near fine - small chip to back cover of dw. & couple stains to edges of front dw). Toronto: University of Toronto Press, [1972].

from the Art and Society Series.

ISBN-10: 0802018580 / ISBN-13: 9780802018588


This book describes the character and evolution of house decoration in northern Sudanese Nubia, which largely disappeared under the flooding of the Aswan Dam in 1964. The decorations were sculpted in mud-relief or painted on mud walls which dissolved on becoming damp. Unlike relief sculpture in stone they cannot be retrieved if the waters recede and the best of them are lost for ever. This book summarises the results of the only survey made of this work before it was destroyed.