African Art Essay

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1. The pottery Seated Male Figure from Mali is an example of a non- frontal figure. This Sculpture displays a man sitting with his right leg bent and his left leg pulled up into his chest. He has his right arm over his heart and his left arm across his shoulder. There are many raised bumps on his body. His face id shifted slightly to the left and he appears to be concentrating. The caption explains that he is communicating with the gods.

     2. The Orangun Eps Headdress from the Yoraba is a great example of a human figure with an entourage and a good display of hieratic scale. The ruler is sitting on a horse. Both he and th ehorse are greatly decorated in bright color clothing and the ruler is wearing a hat. In addition he is carrying a sword which is strapped to his arm. His entourage is amde up of numerous peolpe.Wives, children, musicains, messengers, soliders, and singers. this sculpture is a demostration of both social class and spirituality.

     3. The Yoraba divination bowl of the mother and the child does have a patina. It is located on the babies entire body, the face of the mother and on her breast. The divination tray also has a patina around the rim on the carved faces of the Esu, the turtle, curled mud fish. and the curled snail.

     4. Many of the works in the gallery are made to display different qualities as a result they are not always equally proportioned. However I believe that the Seated male figure of Mali is a good example of normal body proportion. It displays regular male features such as the broad shoulders, regularly proportion between facial features and limbs. It also displays a normal body shape.

     5. The biteki figure from Zaire is a good example of work with visible medicine. The figure is shown with lizard skin on his chest. A shoulder bag object with leaves. A colorful face with a turned up nose and face eplits or framed at the jaw bone.

     6. The guro mask which protrays a crossbredd of an elephant and human is titled the Elephant Mask. This is a very abstract piece. The elephant features are brought out with the nose and the tusk which are down played alot because both are extremely small. The ears are also another feature of the elephant ears are upright in contrast with the floppy ears of the elephant. The mask also...

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