All Posts by ANNA BUSUTTIL

The Ivory Pendant of the Iyoba Queen Mother

WHAT DO THE COLOUR WHITE AND IVORY HAVE IN COMMON? In the Edo culture, the colour white has a very important symbolic meaning. It is a colour associated with ritual purity (freedom from contamination) and is also associated with Olokun. Olokun is the name for the god of the sea,

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The Head Of The Great Bieri

WHAT IS BIERI? In the , wooden sculptures are made for the cult (a group of people who all believe deeply in the same thing, person, or ideal) worshipping ancestors, called the Bieri. These sculptures look like human people. The Fang tribe is from Gabon, which is on the coast

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The Tsesah Crests of the Bamileke People (Cameroon)

Knowing about the artforms that belong to a culture different from ours is a privilege, because we see what is important to different people. It teaches us about what is important to them, what they find beautiful, and what they care about. ORIGIN In the 1700s, the North West Grasslands

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The Memorial Portraits of the Akan people (Ghana)

In the second half of the 1500s in Ghana, the Akan people created clay sculptures of heads. These sculptures, made by women, would be used to remember the dead. Ordinary people and royalty would use this method of remembrance. During certain parts of the year, prayers and offerings would be

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The healing scrolls of Ethiopia

HOW IS A HEALING SCROLL MADE ? A däbtära, or unordained cleric (someone who is training to be a priest or religious leader, but has not yet been officially made one by the church) makes a healing scroll. Often, the skin of an animal is used that has been sacrificed

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The miniature masks of the Dan people

The miniature masks are crafted by the Dan people of the Ivory Coast and Liberia and are made of wood. They are too small to wear on your face because they are 6-20cm high. The most common kind of mask is one with thin eyes and it looks like a

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