The art of Africa has influenced many Western artists, including Picasso and Matisse. However, if was not until this century that the artifacts of the continent became recognized by Westerners for the contribution to world art they have made. This book pictures magnificent bead and shell headdresses, intricately-carved wooden thrones, and sophisticated bronze sculpture as if strives to represent the full range of creativity that is evident in African art.
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19th century Wood 19th/early 20th century 20th century Acrylic aesthetic African art African artists African sculpture Arab areas art schools artifacts Ashanti Bamun beads Benin Berber body decoration brass bronze Cameroon carved carver Cheri Samba Chokwe cloth Collection colonial complex contexts court craft creativity cultures dance David Koloane developed early Egypt elaborate Ethiopia Europe European female fiber figure Gallery Ghana groups high Musee high Museum fur high National Museum Hip mask Igbo inches 25 cm influence Islamic Ivory Coast King kingdom Kongo Lagos London left London right loom Maasai male Mali masquerade motifs mural Musee de L'Homme Museum fur Volkerkunde Museum of African Museum of Mankind Museum purchase Ndebele Nigeria Paris right period photograph Portuguese rituals royal rulers Sande society Shona Sierra Leone South Africa south-western Nigeria style Terracotta textiles trade traditions Valente Malangatana village warp weavers weaving Werner Forman Archive West African women Yoruba Zaire Zimbabwe