Ancient African Art and Art History

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<ul><li><p>GuideToArtHistory</p><p>FamousArtistsArtStylesandPeriodsArtMediumsAncientArt</p><p>IntroductiontoAncientAfricanArtByArtHistory.net</p><p>TheartofAfricacoversabroadregion,ofcourse,andalsoencompassesawidearrayofartforms.Accordingtomostexpertdefinitions,AfricanartgenerallyomitstheartofNorthAfrica(especiallyregionsthatbordertheMediterraneanSea),ChristianartofEthiopia,andtheancientartofEgyptwhicharediscussedasmovementsoftheirownwithuniquetraditions.Evenso,thisbroadgroupingalsorepresentsartfromprehistorictimestothepresent.WithinthisscopetherearemanysubdivisionsandimportanterasofAfricanart.</p><p>Africanarthasitsoriginsinprehistory.SomerockartrecentlydiscoveredinSouthAfricaneartheCapemaybeolderthan70,000yearsold.Thecontinentishometoalargebodyofprehistoricrockart.TraditionalAfricanartiscomprisedofartformssuchasmasks,jewelry,carvings,rockart,sculpture,textiles,metalwork,andmuchmore.Manynationsareassociatedwithparticularartforms.Forexample,variouspeoplesofMaliandCoted'Ivoirearerenownedfortheirtraditionalmasksandheaddresses.Tanzania'sMakondeartoffinecarvingcontinuestobereveredtoday.</p><p>MasksandstatuettesmakeupalargeproportionofAfricanartingeneral.Oftenmadefromwoodanddecoratedwithpigmentsandothernaturalitemslikecowrieshellsorivory,theseitemstypicallyplayedaceremonialorevenreligiousrolefortheculturesthatcreatedthem.ManyAfricanartworkswerecreatedwithreligiousandspiritualunderpinningsothersmighthavebeencreatedwithancestorsinmind.AsignificantbodyofAfricanartcouldbesaidtorepresentthethemeofpowerwhileothersweresimplycreatedtoshowoffthewealthofsomeofAfrica'sroyalcourts.</p><p>Asidefromrockart,sculpture,andmasks,artformslikebeadworkandtextileshaveplayedimportantrolesinAfrica'scollectivearts.JewelryhashistoricallybeenimportanttomanyofAfrica'stribesfordesignatingstatusorplaceinsociety.Inalargercontext,Africanartalsoincludesoraltraditions,basketry,dance,andwritingsystems.Africaboastsarichfolklorictraditionaswell.</p><p>Africa'straditionalartshaveevolved,ofcourse,andtodaythecontinentenjoysarichtapestryofcontemporaryarts.Manyoftheartformsbuilduponpasttraditionsyetemploymodernsensibilitiestoo.SomecontemporaryAfricanartexhibitsglobalinfluences.ManymajorcitiesthroughoutAfricaboastimportantartcentersandmuseumsthathousemanyofAfrica'sgreatworksfrombothpastandpresent.African</p></li><li><p>artisalsohighlycollectiblethroughouttheworld.</p><p>SeeAlso:CulturalEventsinHistory</p><p>Home|About|Sitemap|Contact|PrivacyPolicy|Disclaimer|LinksCopyright20132014BitterSoupLLCAllRightsReserved.</p></li></ul>