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By Maurice Delafosse

ISBN-10: 1780428839

ISBN-13: 9781780428833

African paintings invitations you to discover the dynamic origins of the great creative expressions coming up from the unique and mystifying African continent. because the discovery of African paintings on the finish of the 19th century through the colonial expositions it's been a unlimited resource of idea for artists who, over the years, have endlessly recreated those works of art. the ability of Sub-Saharan African artwork lies inside its visible variety, demonstrating the creativity of the artists who're carrying on with to conceptualize new stylistic varieties. From Mauritania to South Africa and from the Ivory Coast to Somalia, statues, mask, jewellery, pottery and tapestries compose quite a few day-by-day and formality items springing from those richly diversified societies.

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Musée du quai Branly, Paris. qxp 10/11/2011 1:32 PM Page 52 Boyo statue (Pre-Bembe). Democratic Republic of the Congo. Wood, height: 43 cm. Aura Collection. Once part of what is now the Bembe territory, the Boyo lived west of Lake Tanganyika. Specific statues are used to ask their ancestors for protection, especially in times of misfortune. The statues are kept in the hut of the village or lineage chief. qxp 10/11/2011 1:32 PM Page 53 Torso (Igbo). Nigeria. Wood, height: 66 cm. Private collection.

The two small holes on top of the head and at the end of the tail, likely bored with a red-hot iron, were likely filled with hair-like fibres. Overall, it may have been used as a horizontal mask or headdress. If this, in fact, represents an aardvark, it would not be surprising to learn that the figure had been buried purposefully, as the burrowing abilities are revered. qxp 10/11/2011 1:32 PM Page 59 Statuettes (Djenné), 12th-15th centuries. Terracotta, height of the horsemen: 44 cm, height of the kneeling figure: 36 cm.

They are called by several Sudanese tribes Soninke, by the Moors Assuanik; the Bambara denominate them Mara-ka or Marka (people of the Mara or Wagadu) and the Arab authors and the Songhoy of Timbuktu designate them by the term Wakore. These people spoke a language closely related to that of the Wangara; it became the customary language of Ghana and is still today that of the Sarakolle of the Sahel and of Senegal, of the sedentary inhabitants of the black race called Azer or AhlMasine (people of the Massina), of certain oases such as Tichit, and finally of some tribes who have either adopted the errant habits of their Moorish neighbours or conserved those of their 56 white ancestors, for example, the Guirganke shepherds and also, it is believed, of the Nemadi hunters.

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