Secrecy is central to all human affairs and artistic expressions :something is always revealed, something concealed. In African cultures, elaborate art works often announce the presence of secrete knowledge while paradoxically protecting its contents. Secrecy offers penetrating new insights into knowledge, power, and artistic creativity in Africa. The unseen elements in a work of art may be more essential and powerful than what meets the eye. 256 pages with 160 full colour and 110 black and white illustrations.