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African Art

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This lesson will examine symbols, themes, and culture portrayed in African Arts.

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Notes on "African Art"

Key Terms

Abstraction

In the arts, the simplification of form down to its most basic elements.

Performative

In the arts, used for, or relating to, performance.

Artifact

An object made by a human being, in particular an object of historical or cultural interest Akuaba wooden dolls from Ghana and nearby areas that are used to ensure fertility and/or a beautiful child. They are characterized by their heads, which are large, flattened, and circular in shape.

Nkisi Nkondi

A type of sculpture consisting of a wooden human figure that is thought to embody a spirit, and is used to take oaths and figure out who has been committing wrong doings.

Akuaba

Wooden dolls from Ghana and nearby areas that are used to ensure fertility and / or a beautiful child. They are characterized by their heads, which are large, flattened, and circular in shape.

 

 

Works Cited

Akuaba Figures; Public Domain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Akuaba.jpg Nksisi Knonde Figure; Creative Commons (Sean Pathasema/Birmingham Museum of Art): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Female_Power_Figure_%28Nkisi_Nkonde%29.jpg Kente Cloths; Creative Commons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ewe_kente,_Ghana.jpg Yoruba Bronze Head; Public Domain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Yoruba-bronze-head.jpg

TERMS TO KNOW
  • Abstraction

    In the arts, the simplification of form down to its most basic elements.

  • Performative

    In the arts, used for, or relating to, performance.

  • Artifact

    An object made by a human being, in particular an object of historical or cultural interest.

  • Akuaba

    Wooden dolls from Ghana and nearby areas that are used to ensure fertility and/or a beautiful child. They are characterized by their heads, which are large, flattened, and circular in shape.

  • Nkisi Nkondi

    A type of sculpture consisting of a wooden human figure that is thought to embody a spirit, and is used to take oaths and figure out who has been committing wrongdoings.