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23 Cards in this Set

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Mother and Child, 1850, African Art
chest scarification, jewelry,
homage to powerful woman, shows power of women in society
Kongo Nail Figure, 1900, African Art
power figurine, very special, one per community
meant to solve the problems of the community, hunt down the wrongdoers
sort of like a diviner/crystal ball, guarded by one member of community
box in center for a substance which and elder would light and then asked for the conflict to be resolved...when it was, would put a nail in sculpture
stance=authoritative/open/leaning forward/looks concerned
eyes are mirrors, meant to deflect evil
white clay around eyes is the heightened awareness
mouth open shows communication

Baga Headdress, 1900, African Art
HUGE, men would wear it
shows female idols, honors them
hair/braids/scarification/distorted nose (vitality) all signs of power/honoring
body emphasized, neck breasts (flat, has nurtured children)
way to honor mothers
Bwa mask, African, 1900
Huge heavy mask, shows flying spirits, heavily patterned
each mask honored a spirit
checkerboard refers to young age and old age together
symbolic, teaches lessons
Ceremonial Ladle, 1900, African
for a specific woman who was really hospitable, would be passed down, worn out,
she would lead the ceremony before harvest
has earrings/hairstyle/scarification = POWERFUL WOMAN
clay around eyes=heightened awareness
Dan mask, African, 1900
mask for men, more like entertainment for tribes, lots of drinking
would act like apes, a productive way to express anger etc.
shows the boys how NOT to act
Modern Kente Cloth, 1970, African
El Anatsui, modern interpretation out of bottle caps,
Ere Ibeji, African. 1900
twins, believe that twins have high supernatural abilities, joy when twins are born, but lots of complications
sculptures like this were made when one of the twins died, to honor him/her
were taken care of like humans, ritual feeding/clothing/washing
Male/Female Antelope headdress, 1900, Africa
Ci Wara=mythical half antelope, half human, introduced farming
this was part of ritual to celebrate farming/skills
dance with headdress and reenact the original story
man antelope has a mane like the sun, woman is lower, smoother like the earth
rafia around=water
Yaka Mask, African 1900
initiation for young boys, transition to manhood
wood face and rafia collar, usually a four legged animal on top protecting
Bocio Figure, 1900, African
source of protection, would stake them into ground, made by a family member and then blessed by spiritual dude
skull of dog on head = loyalty and protection
necklace=snake bones, eyes/face=menacing
Cocoa Pod, 1970, African
Kane Kwei coffin, shape=big part of culture
started as a joke but people really wanted them
Kente Cloth, 1900, African
woven cloth that is cut up in strips and then woven together again, for elite and royalty only, anyone else was punished for wearing it
women wore it as two pieces, men as togas
Linguist Staff, African, 1900
Power/Leadership, wood with gold foil
insignia for rulers
linguist=historian, intermediary btwn rulers and people
2 figures talking
Linguist Staff, African, 1900
Power/Leadership, wood with gold foil
insignia for rulers
linguist=historian, intermediary btwn rulers and people
spider=wise, weaving web between 2 peole
respected for great oratory skill
Linguist Staff, African, 1900
Power/Leadership, wood with gold foil
insignia for rulers
linguist=historian, intermediary btwn rulers and people
man holding egg: :power is like an egg, when you hold it too tightly it might break, but if you hold it too loose, you might drop it"
Luba Stool, 1900, African
for rulers, metaphorical stool, held their spirit
often wrapped in ceremonial cloth, someone had to watch over it
woman hold the seat has HUGE hands, shows her job, she is important, says that women are the protection/support for the ruler
scarification on stomach, huge forehead (wisdom), long nose (vitality), hairstyle is modern and elite
matriarchal society
Akan Memorial Head, 1900, African
Commemorated deceased individual of high status
artist would study subject on death bed, then go home and make sculpture
emphasis on eyes, mouth, ears
not realistic, but individual
Mother and Child, 1800, African
Hard +Heart, shows nurturing but strong, rigid stern but embracing
SHOWS IDEAL for community (female)

Seated male with Lance, 1900, African
"master of strength" was the role of a warrior
guarded by old people, then cleaned and oiled and put on display for different occasions
SHOWS IDEAL for community (male)
Oba on Horseback, 1600, African
Oba= leader in center, lines lead towards him,
he has more jewelry/detail/scarification/larger
plaque to put on door of ruler, replaced with each ruler
Paa Joe workshop, 1970, African
coffins specially made
Seated Couple, African, 1850
shows gender roles in society, the protective man has a quiver, woman carries a child instead,
bodies are very inorganic, segmented, geometric,
careful attention paid to space between
Helmut Mask, African, 1900
honors elderly woman, has two elaborate hair snakes eating another animal at the bottom
shows chaos and aggression of natural world
she is patient and wise though, symbolic of trying to use less violent ways of resolving conflict, advocates diplomacy/peace