World-African Arts…

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World-African Art is a term typically used for the art of  the continent  full of People, Societies & Civilizations, each with a unique visual Culture.  Despite this diversity, there are some unifying artistic themes when considering the totality of the visual culture from the continent.

African Arts presents original research and critical discourse on traditional, contemporary, and popular African arts and expressive cultures.  The journal offers readers peer-reviewed scholarly articles concerning a striking range of art forms and visual cultures of the world’s second-largest continent and its diasporas, as well as special thematic issues, book and exhibition reviews, features on museum collections, exhibition previews, artist portfolios, photo essays, contemporary dialogues, and editorials. African Arts promotes investigation of the interdisciplinary connections among the arts, anthropology, history, language, politics, religion, performance, and cultural and global studies.

African art history has played a significant role in shaping the culture and history of the world. The belief that Africa is the cradle of the history of mankind is virtually unshakable. The origins of African art history lie long before recorded history, preserved in the obscurity of time…

The Mask: The skill of the carver is his ability to control the emotion of the viewer, the Mask, get your
attention and the Mask is destroyed if they didn’t work. Masks can be classified according to usage, secret society, Ancestor acknowledgment, Initiations, magical, war, play, and nearly always prescribed ritual dance, etc. Forms varying from crude to portrait like naturalism to geometric or abstract
Stylization, invoking specific emotions such as fear and based on animal and human features, either singly or in combination. Apparel, perforated Mask, intended to be worn with raffia, straw, or knitted costume, often including gloves, Mask-like objects to be worn above or below the face, mask object not to be worn, hood like Masks completely covering the head, objects resembling headdress, Mask worn on ritual occasions as badges of membership in a secret society. Some of these masks were made entirely of beads. The Mask is not seen if it is not in use, one member of the community would have the reasonability to keep the Mask out of sight and protected. No one knew who wore the Mask.

Reference Sources:  James S. Coleman = Google Search/Photo = Wikipedia = Olayami Dabls =