Welcome to Burkina FassSSsso – Snake Form Currency

Friday, March 20, 2015

Among the Lobi and Gan people of Burkina Faso, snakes have long been venerated as protective entities and representations of divine powers. To honor the sacred animals, much of their metal currencies are shaped after serpents and are worn on the side of their legs or as armbands. The coiling, undulating figures remind us that fear and respect walk side-by-side...

Collecting African Art: Part Two – Provenance

Friday, November 07, 2014

In the first part of this series, we learned African art has been given a specific set of criteria that must be fulfilled to be considered traditional and authentic. First, the work must have been created by non-European Africans, free from any Christian or Islamic influences; and second, the artworks must have been used by the respective African tribes in ceremonies, festivities or daily life. Some observers and collectors may think authenticity is limited to a specific time and place – an idealized Africa of the past that modernity has destroyed and lives on only in the form of artifacts....

What's in Your Wallet? – African Iron Currencies

Friday, August 08, 2014

African currencies defy all western notions of money. They hold symbolic, prestigious and aesthetic values that paper currencies will never have. Crafted out of iron, they are shaped as weapons, tools, adornments or abstract figures and can range greatly in size. When arranged in unique ways, these ethnographic artworks can be transformed into contemporary installations rich with cultural history...

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