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West African Art. West African Art Emphasizes…. Sculpture and the Human Form Functionality – Art as a component of music, dance, ritual, social life. Anthropomorphism - the attribution of human characteristics to animals, gods or non-living things.

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    1. West African Art

    2. West African Art Emphasizes… • Sculpture and the Human Form • Functionality – Art as a component of music, dance, ritual, social life. • Anthropomorphism - the attribution of human characteristics to animals, gods or non-living things. • Zoomorphism – the attribution of animal characteristics to humans, gods or non-living things. • Nonlinear scaling – patterns of larger design repeated in details

    3. Motif • Arecurring subject, theme,idea, etc., esp. in a literary, artistic,ormusical work. Examples: “The motif of the victorious underdog in American literature.” “The motif of the Good Shepard in Christian Art.” 2. A distinctive and recurringform,shape, figure, etc., in a design.

    4. Abstract vs. Realistic • Realistic/Representational: appearing true to life according to the way we see nature • Abstract: does not represent natural forms; may look distorted

    5. General Art Vocabulary Medium/ Media • The materials used to create the image • Typical African media: Wood, ivory, stone, metal, leather, clay Proportion • The comparative size of different elements within a composition Symmetry • Correspondence of elements on opposite sides of a composition.

    6. Yoruba Ram’s Head MaskNigeria17th Century

    7. Divination Cup19th Century Palm Nuts cast into cup Used by Yoruba priest for prophecy

    8. Divination Cup19th Century Palm Nuts cast into cup Used by Yoruba priest for prophecy

    9. Yoruba VesselNigeria17th Century

    10. Veranda Post of Mounted Warrior and Kneeling Woman

    11. Benin Bronze Plaque Depicting Chieftain Flanked by Warriors 14th – 16th Century West Africa -- Benin

    12. Benin Bronze Plaque Depicting Chieftain Flanked by Warriors -- detail

    13. Compare: Qaddafi with Female Bodyguards, Western Diplomat

    14. Compare: Poster “Triumph of Lenin” 1933

    15. Comparison – Poster of Chairman Mao with Peoples of Africa, Asia and Latin America

    16. Ceremonial Sword

    17. Yoruba Bracelet

    18. Yoruba King, 15th Century, Nigeria

    19. Art Vocabulary Abstraction MediumShapeLineColor TextureStasis/Dynamism ElementsINTENT MotifGaze Focal Point