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Short articles on African Art and tips for enthusiasts

ELU MASKS, OGONI PEOPLE, PORT HARCOURT, NIGERIA

 

Small and snappy, these elu masks were worn and danced by young Ogoni men during masquerades in the delta region, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Continue reading “ELU MASKS, OGONI PEOPLE, PORT HARCOURT, NIGERIA”

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ASAFO FLAGS, GHANA

 

Silent, looming forts along Ghana s coast attest to days when British vessels came first to trade, then later, carry off human cargo to the Americas.

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The Cross as symbol, Ethiopia

 

 

The iconic image of the cross, symbolizing faith, also used as a protective talisman by the Coptic Christians of Ethiopia, is reproduced in many materials and dimensions. Continue reading “The Cross as symbol, Ethiopia”

YORUBA SCULPTURE, NIGERIA,1890-1940

Brief comments on Yoruba wooden sculpture, between 1890 and 1940.

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Mirrors, Igbo people, 1930-50’s, Nigeria.

 

 

 

A glimpse through the courtyard door, reveals three beautiful women each grooming the others hair. Continue reading “Mirrors, Igbo people, 1930-50’s, Nigeria.”

FIGURES, LOBI PEOPLE, BURKINA FASO.

 

The Lobi people are notable carvers of household furniture, with a variety of  3 and 4 legged chairs and benches,  but it is their figurative sculpture that is most appreciated. Continue reading “FIGURES, LOBI PEOPLE, BURKINA FASO.”

Some Zulu necklaces, Msinga area, 1960s, South Africa

 

 

 3 examples of beaded necklaces made by the Zulu people of Kwa-Zulu Natal.  Continue reading “Some Zulu necklaces, Msinga area, 1960s, South Africa”

MILK PAILS, ZULU, FROM SOUTH AFRICA

 

Like drumming, the rhythm and staccato sound of udders being milking is one associated with memories of pastoral Kwa-Zulu natal in by-gone times. Continue reading “MILK PAILS, ZULU, FROM SOUTH AFRICA”

MEAT PLATTERS, ZULU, SOUTH AFRICA

 

Meat- quickly seared and crisped on the edges, may be a culinary anathema to the European palette, but it is beloved by most in Africa.

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