This lesson discusses some of the common thematic characteristics of African Art.
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.
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;