AFRICAN SIGNBOARDS AND COLON STATUES BARBERSHOP Hairdresser SIGNS & Colonial STATUES Rare AFRICAN FOLK ART Catalogue
AFRICAN SIGNBOARDS AND COLON STATUES
Published by Totem Galley, Venice, Italy, 1998. First edition, text in english and italian, cover title in italian Insegne Africane E Statue "Colon". Softcover, 11.75" x 8.25", side staple bound,  pages, illustrated with 22 color photographs of the artwork. VERY GOOD Condition: light wear/creases to the covers, bump (crease) to bottom outer corner (lightly effecting inner pages), otherwise tight, bright, clean and unmarked. An excellent copy. Scarce, only one copy held in OCLC collections worldwide.
An uncommon 1998 Exhibition Catalogue of painted African Hairdresser and Barbershop Signs and Colonial Statues from various countries in West Africa including Mali, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, et al. Signboards, usually made of plywood, brightly painted with a variety of hairstyles are displayed to advertise the trade. The word Colon originates from colonizer, and the first statues represented european settlers through the eyes of the African sculptor.