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« on: February 02, 2004, 03:49:26 AM »

Black African Arts.

What people need to understand since we live in a Eurocentric world today is in order to experience the full beauty of African Arts, we must understand its origins and its aims, its mystical sense for the African who created it and those who experience it. No justification should remain to corroborate canons of European classical Arts erroneously considered only valid standards. Aesthetics factors at the expense of ethnological ones diminishes the potentially of feeling the power, delicacy or fearsome nature of the dazzling aspects of African Arts.

What rationalization can there be for denying values of beauty in sculptures, musical instruments, body art, hair and scarification fashioned in Africa? Would not such approach give a less direct access to the works in its deepest totality? Absolutely it would, for a full appreciation of African Arts requires a deliberate effort to see the work of Arts through African thought. Actually, it should be clear that the Eurocentric concept of Art is alien to traditional African artists. In Africa, the concept of "beauty" and "good" cannot be untangled. The African artist ultimately conforms to moral precepts, useful and tradition. The framework of African plastic creativity is aimed to reanimate original myths, perpetuates ancestral reminiscence or work to release natural forces form the spirit world. The work of Arts forms a principle of life!

Full of dignity and ethereal serenity, African Arts idealize portraits, fitting to be acknowledged for their value to all humanity's artistic legacy. Most of the African Arts belong to secret brotherhoods that play a central role in all places assuring social stability and repressing deviant behavior. The work of Arts therefore is always bearer of remarkable beauty and wealth for their spiritual connotations; and mark all the significant moment in African life in particular on festivals occasions, fertility rites, initiation and funerals.  

With these fundamentals concepts, we can view African Arts as comprehensive for their ultimate purposes different form those of western Arts. Thereupon, those who understand the traditional norms of Africa appreciate or fear profoundly its most important creations.

Bantu kelani.
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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2004, 04:03:37 AM »


Songye Fetish, Congo (DRC)




Geometric Design, Zimbabwe




Senufo Mask, Ivory Coast




Lele Mask, Congo



Shona Woman Verdite, Zimbabwe
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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2004, 02:57:47 AM »


Horseman and standing male figure, Mali -Tellem or Dogon


Ngil dance mask, Equatorial Guinea.


Initiation Mask, Zaire - Yaka


Effigies of Ancestor of Kings, Zaire


Bronze seated male figure, Mali -Niger


Queen Mother's head, Nigeria. Benin



Wood Drum, Guinea - Baga


Door of a master magician, Ivory Coast  


Oba with dignitaries and musicians


Commemorative head of an Oba, Nigeria


Head of a King, Nigeria


Entrance to the Royal Palace, Benin


Female cup-bearer, Zaire -Luba


Ivory Mask, Nigeria -Benin
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