Posted by Steve Price on March 17, 1999 at 06:04:40:
In Reply to: Re: Humor Across Cultures posted by R. John Howe on March 17, 1999 at 05:09:32:
Your observation that we sometimes perceive humor in art from another culture, although that is not the creator's intent, is a good one and points up one more dimension of collecting ethnic art. I mentioned that Cameroon grasslands art often has such a quality for me, and I'm virtually certain that this is not how it is/was viewed by the folks for whom it was made. Nevertheless, I respond to it in my own cultural context (how could it be otherwise?), while absorbing some elements of the foreign culture at the same time.
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