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Museums

            The "Museums" collection seeks to bring to global readers and scholars the masterpieces of universal art and culture on display in museums around the world. The books in this collection can focus on three themes: a museum in general, a room or part of a museum, or a description of the museums in a city, region, or country.

The format will be similar in all of them, giving prominence to reproductions of objects on display in museums, accompanied by an explanation that will help the reader understand the character and meaning of these objects.

The extension will be free, its distribution free through archive.org and other web pages where free books can be made available to the public, not ruling out printing on demand when the situation requires it.

 

Masks in the Yunnan Nationalities Museum
Author: Pedro Ceinos-Arcones
Pages: 115
Year: 2019

           Masks are one of the most universal cultural objects, being present in peoples and nations of the five continents. As one of their most archaic artistic and religious manifestations, masks have accompanied human beings for millennia. Wherever one looks, in primitive or elevated cultures, tribal peoples or great empires, masks are a global cultural phenomenon created by human ingenuity for a series of religious activities.

As Yunnan province is home to the largest number of national minorities in China, it is not surprising that the Yunnan Nationalities Museum's collection of masks is one of the richest and most varied of China.
Given the characteristics of their ethnic and regional cultures, the masks found in Yunnan are known for their variety of materials, distinctive appearance, exquisite workmanship and wide range of uses.


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