GOODWILL ART GUIDE — World Art

AFRICAN ART
The works seen in this set come from West, Central and Southern Africa and are listed under their present-day countries of origin, starting in the north-west and working south.



The bronze and terracotta masterpieces of Ife art were made by sculptors in Nigeria perhaps a thousand years ago. They saw the light of day as Europe was emerging from the ‘Dark Ages’.
Thus what Europeans found in the so-called ‘Dark Continent’ at the end of the 19th century was not the primitive art of peoples at the dawn of civilisation. It was evidence of centuries of African artistic creativity — made manifest in sculpture which during the 20th century has enriched the rest of the world.
There are thousands of ethnic groups in Africa. More than two hundred are known sculpture-makers — inventors, through works of art, of a private, formal language that is often not understood by neighbouring peoples.

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Art of the Americas
Oceanic Art
African Artefacts
Art of the Caribbean
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LIST OF CONTENTS

PART 1 — Introducing African art
Professional skills
Sculptural forms, ancestors and fetishes
Value added, lost-wax bronzes
Pouring process, blacksmiths’ secrets
Stone and ivory, trees can carry a life force
Ageing the wood, oral tradition

PART 2
Points for discussion
and suggested classroom activities
PART 3 — LOOKING AT THE IMAGES

Cote d’Ivoire, Statue of the goddess of maternity
Cote d’Ivoire, Seated figure of a man
Nigeria, ‘Onile’
Nigeria, Fertility figure ‘Vevavi’
Nigeria, Fertility figure, Mother with children
Nigeria, Sculpture representing king and queen
Nigeria, Terracotta human face
Nigeria, Head in the Udo style
Nigeria, A ruler with two servants
Nigeria, Top half of a large figure
Nigeria, Guardian figure
Cameroon, Seated ritual figure
Gabon, Reliquary figure
Gabon, Wood and metal reliquary head
Gabon, C19th reliquary figure
Gabon, Ancestral image
Gabon, Reliquary figure Congo, ‘Nkisi’ power figure
Congo, Power figure
Congo, Power figure
Zaire, Wood portrait
Zaire, Wood figure
Zaire, Wood statuette
Zaire, Statuette mounted on a calabash
Zaire, ‘Chibinda Ilunga’ huntsman
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