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Short articles on African Art and tips for enthusiasts

ASAFO FLAGS, GHANA

 

Silent, looming forts like leprous white scabs 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, is also used as a protective talisman by the Coptic Christians of Ethiopia, reproduced in many materials and dimensions. Continue reading “The Cross as symbol, Ethiopia”

YORUBA SCULPTURE, NIGERIA,1890-1940

These notes comment briefly 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,  each more beautiful than the next.. 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

 

 

In these notes, I deal with 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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Nguni spoons, spoon holders, snuff spoons & containers

 

Savouring culinary delights normally comes with an understanding of the complex etiquette required, but these notes deal specifically with the utensils involved.

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