African Sculpture

African Sculpture Mask

In African history, sculpture was the dominant form of art. The earliest known african sculpture are from the Nok culture from the Nigerian region, made around 500 BC. Along with sub-Saharan Africa, the cultural arts, sculptures, paintings and artifacts and indigenous southern crafts also contributed greatly to African art. Often depicting the abundance of surrounding nature, the art and sculpture was often abstract interpretations of humans, plant life, animals, natural designs and shapes.

The over stylized representations of humans in African sculpture were used much the way that we use airbrushed photos today - to represent the ideal human form. The sculptures of Africa are very distinctive and it is not hard to tell what region a piece of sculpture is from based on the form of the sculpture and what the characteristics of the sculpted form are. Clay figures have been found in parts of Africa that date back to about 600 BC.

On the other hand, wood is the one of the natural material for sculptures. In the 20th century, sculpture in wood is still very much a living tradition. Samples from the 19th century have been preserved in reasonable number, largely by the efforts of avid enthusiasts and collectors. But earlier work has crumbled or lost irretrievably, eaten by ants or rotted by damp.

See Also:
Abstract Sculptures
Bicycle Sculptures
Clay Sculptures
Egyptian Sculptures
Horse Sculptures
Garden Sculptures
Ice Sculptures
Kinetic Sculptures
Living Sculptures
Metal Sculptures
Outdoor Sculptures
Photo Sculptures
Sand Sculptures
Stone Sculptures
Wire Sculptures
Wooden Sculptures
Christmas Light Sculptures


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