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African Art

Author: Aleisha Olson
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This lesson will examine symbols, themes, and culture portrayed in African Arts.

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Notes on "African Art"

Terms to Know

Artifact

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

Abstraction

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

Performative

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

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.

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.

 

Citations:

Image of Yoruba Portrait Head, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Yoruba-bronze-head.jpg;
Image of Kikisi Nkondi figure, Photo by Sean Pathasema/Birmingham Museum of Art, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Female_Power_Figure_%28Nkisi_Nkonde%29.jpg; Image of Akuaba figure, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Akuaba_hg.jpg; Image of Kente Cloth, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WLA_haa_Kente_Cloth_Probably_Ewe_Ghana_c_1986.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.