African Art

The traditional art of Africa plays a major part in the
African society. Most ceremonies and activities (such as singing,
dancing, storytelling, ect.) can not function without visual art. It
can also be used as an implement and insignia of rank or prestige, or
have a religious significance. consists mainly of
sculptures, paintings, fetishes, masks, figures, and decorative
Sculptures are considered to be the greatest achievement for
. A majority of the sculptures are done in wood but are
also made of metal, stone, terra-cotta, mud, beadwork, ivory, and
other materials. It is found in many parts of Africa but mainly in
western and central Africa. Many ancient rock ...

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wear masks and
headresses: the male is represented by the elephant, the most powerful
of bush creatures and the female is delicately coiffed to express
refinement and civilization. The second theme of African art is the
problematic relationships between the sexes.African tribes use art as
a therapeutic device to deal with the problems and issues dealing with
the relations between the sexes. The third theme is the struggle to
control natural or supernatural forces to achieve a desired end.
African tribes often use masks in ceremonies (called Gelede) to
please and honor the forces.
For each region in Africa,there is a different style of
art. The western Sudanic Region have masks and figures representing
legendary ancestors and religious sacrifices. The central Sudanic
Region art includes mud architecture, embroidered textiles, elaborate
coiffure, metal and beadwork jewelry,and leatherwork. This style
usually doesn't represent ...

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