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African Synopsis

Early African Art
Early African 500 BC - AD 1500




Nigeria

Nok 500 Bc - AD 200
Ife 1000 - 1400
Benin 1200-1700

Mali

Djenne 1000 - 1400
Sapi 1400-1500

South Africa & Zimbabwe

Lydenburg 500 - 700
Great Zimbabwe 1000- 1400

TERMS

Pictographs
Petroglyphs
Oni - Ifi ruler or king
Oba - Benin ruler or king
Lost wax casting
Terracotta
Mosque


Door Panel. Wood. Africa. Nigeria. Yoruba. Ekiti Area. Olowe of Ise. 19th/20th C. Meeting between the King of Ikere and Captain Ambrose.


SLIDES

Nigeria
Nok (500 BC - AD 200)
Nok head, Terracotta, from Jemaa, Nigeria, 12 1/2” Ca. 500 - 200 BC
Ife (Eleventh - Fifteenth Centuries)King from Ife, Oni, Zinc brass, 37cm Ca. 1400
Head of Oni, Bronze, 36 cm Ca. 950 - 1150

Benin (Thirteenth - Eighteenth Century Ivory belt mask of Queen Mother, Ivory & Iron, 9 3/4” Ca. 1550

Commemorative Head of Queen Mother, (Iyoba), Copper & Iron, 15 1 / 2” ca. 1500

Ruler with Retainers, Pillar decoration of Palace, Bronze, 19 1/2” Ca. 1550-1680
Horn Player, Bronze, 24 7/8” Ca. 1500 - 1600


Mali
Eastern Facade of Friday Mosque, Djenne (in book) ca. 1200

Sierra Leone
Sapi (Fifteenth - Sixteenth Centuries)
Saltcellar, Ivory, Sherbro Island, Sierra Leone, 13” ca. 1500

Zimbabwe
Great Zimbabwe (Eleventh - Fifteenth Centuries) Stone ruins of Great Zimbabwe (in book) ca. 1400

Links:

Africans Art
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