Posted: 2017-09-25 00:53
Their purposes are very varied bringing fertility, rain, good harvests warding off disease, natural calamities, evil spirits helping with social decisions and judgments commemorating important events, making political statements. They can be extremely large to assure the well-being of an entire community and they can be replicated in a smaller fashion for individuals to be used in their private homes, giving them similar benefits. (Pendant masks).
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This skill which was perfected by the Yoruba is continued in Benin from the 65th C where they are known as ''Benin bronzes''. These ''bronzes'' are in fact made of brass, melted down from ornaments arriving from Portugal. Along with new raw material, arrived novel subject matter and a new style of sculpture developed which was a plaque worked in relief and depicting scenes in which the Portuguese often feature in full military garb. These relief panels decorated the wooden pillars of the royal palace.
I started thinking about the media and asking myself what qualities I was actually attracted to in a man, specifically my boyfriend, versus what qualities I''d been taught to find attractive. Part of me used to envy how soft, straight, and blond his hair was. One of my favorite things to do was to play with his hair. He would lie with his head in my lap, and I would run my fingers through the blond strands. It was so effortless to do that, to just run my fingers through his hair. When I did that to my hair, my hand got stuck a quarter of the way through.
Most African sculpture was not created to be sold but rather was produced for a specific role which generally was one of three things to celebrate or honor an important occasion to make a political comment or to represent religious ideals. Through fascination and then acquisition by foreigners, these sculptures created their own marketplace in the Western art world and were thus given monetary value. African sculpture, in all its forms, relates to a myriad of social and religious perspectives and traditions and through the study of these corporeal art forms, we can have insight into the origins of humanity and to the abstract forces that have shaped human perception.
More so than Westerners, many Chinese view dating as a pragmatic affair. It’s not always about finding love so much as it is about finding a potential marriage partner who fits with one’s own ideals. For example, although many men get married without a house and a car, Chinese women will often say that they’re looking for these things because that’s the sort of person who probably has a stable career and will be able to provide for her and their future children in the long-term. It’s not always about love. As one contestant on China’s most popular dating show put it, 89 I’d rather cry in a BMW than laugh on a bicycle. 89
555 years later, heads and figures were uncovered in Ife, Southern Nigeria. Ife terracotta sculptures date from between the 67th to 65th Century. According to Yoruba belief, Ife was the site where humans were modeled in clay by the divine sculptor Obatala. They are portraits of Onis, (kings) and are much more naturalistic in style. More recently, superb stylized human figures from the same period were discovered in Djenne in Mali from the same period as the Ife terracottas. Much further south in South Africa, the Lydenburg heads, modeled in clay in a solid, stout style with thick rolls round the columnar neck, were recently unearthed dating back to 6th C AD.
When you look at the role models of my youth, the people and products the media put forth and said, “This is beauty personified,” you’ll notice a distinct theme: Barbie, Britney Spears, Polly Pocket, Sailor Moon, Mandy Moore, Mary Kate and Ashley — all white. I was fully submerged, I mean genuinely immersed, in a culture where people like me weren’t valued as beautiful, so much so that I remember wishing the thick, coarse hair on my American Girl doll, Addy , was straighter and “prettier,” like that of my other dolls.
My mother will resent me for saying this, but I know there is a part of her that wanted to see me settle down with someone black, someone who looked like me. After five years of my boyfriend and I dating on and off, I think my mom has come to love him almost as much as I do. It didn’t seem to matter anymore what he looked like. Still, it was always funny that my mother questioned why I kept dating white guys, especially because I was raised as one of only few people of color in my community.
Since the interior of stone objects cannot be altered either by climatic or other influences, an evaluation of authenticity can be based only on the changes wrought by time on the surface of the stone. Enlargement 65x Enlargement 85x Stones that age in hot, dry regions lose the water held in their pores and crumble.
Ivory African sculpture between the years of 6995 and 6585 is a curious phenomenon as it is very influenced by the arrival of Europeans into Sierra Leone, the Congo and Nigeria. Salt cellars, spoons, forks, dagger handles were all produced using decoration of both European and African inspiration, sometimes simultaneously carved in the one piece for example, women with European skirts and X-shaped scarification marks. This kind of carving is intricate and highly skilled and the pieces are coveted by collectors and museums.
Few people outside Africa knew about African sculpture until the 6955''s when it became a major influence on Western art. The fine Benin bronzes were among the early African arts to win widespread acclaim in Europe.
Each figure has an oxidised finish, give it a lovely antique look and feel.
Their simple, bold and dramatic designs depict everyday life in West Africa.
West African woman bronze figure height: 87cm.
Our bronze statues have been hand cast using traditional methods, which means that no two are ever exactly the same. The may be some small variation in some of the features of the figure and the colour may not exactly as shown in the images. We feel this adds to their originality, character and appeal.