Stronger Than You Think – Women of Power in Africa

Friday, September 23, 2016

Many African cultures have historically given women great power, especially Queen Mothers. Queen Mothers are defined as women who give birth to a reigning king....

Home is Where the Art Is – The Art of the Baga People

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Baga people of Guinea, West Africa are renowned for their sculptural artworks but among them, three stand out for their sheer size and artistry. The Bansonyi serpent headdress representing the spirit of rain and fertility, the Nimba headdress symbolizing ideal womanhood, and the A-Tschol, a hybrid mask featuring bird and human characteristics....

Beauty Beyond the Eye of the Beholder – Punu Mukudj Masks

Friday, March 27, 2015

The distinct white mukudj masks from the Punu people of Gabon represent an ideal feminine beauty of both physical and spiritual perfection. Every element of the mask holds symbolic meaning that range from representations of the ancestors to scarifications marks that enhance sensuality. The beauty of the Punu masks is topped only by the remarkable way they are danced, high up on stilts signifying the mukudj's power and farsighted vision...

It's a Bird... It's a Plane! – Bundu Masks

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Bundu mask, created and danced by a secret society of Mende women in Sierra Leone, is a work of pure symbolism. Every feature represents the ideal characteristics of female beauty, both physical and spiritual. In recent years this traditional artwork has incorporated modern influences, such as a plane motif on its crown. Far from detracting from the piece, this adds a new, intriguing element to the mask that reflects a long history of human fascination with flight...

Heads Held High – Kebe Kebe Puppets

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Kebe-kebe are hand-carved puppets crafted by the Kuyu people in Central Africa. They are danced at the end of initiation ceremonies that welcome boys and girls into adulthood and are important ethnic identity art...

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