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African Art at the LACMA

Posted in art by menno1976 on October 1, 2009

Recently I posted about the Kente-inspired works of art by El Anatsui. I found some more stunning pieces at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Although these pieces are more traditional, they’re just as beautiful. To me they are so inspiring, just looking at them makes me want to sketch and create things.

images courtesy Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Mask of Kifwebe Society
(Republic of Congo, Luba or Songye peoples, 20th century)

Ifa Bag (Nigeria, Yoruba peoples, 20th century)
Bags like these are used to carry divination objects and are worn in ceremonies by priestesses. The bags themselves also have a special status are are displayed in homes and even in shrines.

Mask (Republic of the Congo, Lega peoples, no date)

Mask (Republic of Congo, Zaire, Yaka peoples, 20th century)

Boli – Komo Society Altar
(Republic of Mali, Bamana peoples, 20th century)
Boli are altars that gain spiritual power by being anointed with hair, blood, honey, wood and other materials. It sort of absorbs the life force of the sacrificed material, which it will in turn emanate. For more interesting facts about Boli, click here.


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  1. Flower Boy said, on October 1, 2009 at 23:37

    agree these pieces are very engaging. would love to see them in person

  2. anita waller said, on October 2, 2009 at 16:59

    Boli – thanks for this antropological update!
    I love the form and texture achieved, definietly a good inspiration for my Tuesday nights. at the studio


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