By Ladislas Segy
163 full-page plates Illustrating mask, fertility figures, ceremonial items, etc., of fifty West and relevant African tribes—95% by no means earlier than illustrated. 34-page creation to African sculpture.
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164 full-page photographic plates.
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All these rituals were intended to empower the object with increased magical strengths. On some statues, especially those of the Bakongo tribe of the Belgian Congo, the magic box was sealed with a mirror (Plates 81, 82) and sometimes the eyes, too, were made sacrificial blood , of small pieces of mirror. These mirrors appear to have been they reflect the sun in a blinding ray, and drive away the malevolent spirits that cause sickness and misfortune. ) to the statue, while cowry shells, from their resemblance to female genitalia, were fertility symbols.
Hood mask. Bambara (Mopti region), French Sudan. 23" high. / 9. Burial ceremony mask (Walu, the antelope), Dogon, French Sudan. 27" high. 10. Burial ceremony mask (Kanaga, the French Sudan. 12Vfc" high. bird). Dogon, 11. Bird mask, polychromed. Bobo, French Sudan. 13V4" high. Statue representing Ariza, the malevolent high. Region ot Black Volta. 12. V spirit. 13. Statue, representing Arbor, spirit of water. Region ot Black Volta, H a IW high. FRENCH GUINEA 14. Simo secret society statue, Baga, French Guinea.
He may have lost a certain amount of individual freedom, but when he accepted the communally shared ideology, he gained a feeling of oneness with his group and a feeling of security. When he followed traditional art styles, he walked in the ways of his ancestors. But when European man came to Africa with gun and religion and trade goods, and conquered the area which produced the best African art, the ancestral destroyed or neglected. A new tries, conscription, taxation, ways were largely monetary system, new indusforced migration, new ideas, 32 introduction — all contributed their "modernism", Western amusements share to undermining the traditional culture of Africa.