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African Art

  • African Art

    African Art


    The traditional art of Africa plays a major part in the
    African society. Most ceremonies and activities (such as singing,
    dancing, storytelling, etc.) 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. African art consists mainly of
    sculptures, paintings, fetishes, masks, figures, and decorative
    objects.
    Sculptures are considered to be the greatest achievement for
    African art. 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 paintings have been
    found in Southern and Eastern Africa. These paintings are believed to
    be attributed to the SAN (Bushman) people. Masks and fetishes are
    often used to scare off bad things such as evil spirits, witches or
    ghosts. They are also used to bring about a desired end-break a bad
    habit, improve ones love life, or kill a natural or supernatural
    enemy.

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