3 Tutorials that teach African Art
Take your pick:
African Art

African Art

Author: Aleisha Olson
This lesson will examine symbols, themes, and culture portrayed in African Arts.
See More
Introduction to Art History

Picture this:
Our Intro to Art History Course is only $329.

Sophia's online courses help save you money, while earning credits that are eligible for transfer to over 2,000 colleges and universities.*


Notes on "African Art"

Terms to Know


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


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


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.


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.



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;