This book offers a view of African art. The book highlights aspects of workmanship, materials and design found in objects of wood, stone, ivory, ceramic, metalwork, featherwork, leather, basketwork and textiles. The book opens with an introduction asking 'What is African art?'. This sets the art, in its layers of form and meaning, within the context of the myriad cultures and environments which make up this vast continent and examines the artistic traditions that created these pieces. The chapters that follow explore these objects and designs in terms of common themes through photographs, allowing the reader insight even closer than a behind-the-scenes museum tour. By showing the complete piece alongside a detail, the book provides a view of each object which often allows for intriguing comparisons between seemingly unrelated objects and media.