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 Masks Rock Africa's Cradle of Voodoo, Explorer Says
A short article in National Geographic about present day Gelede and Egungun mask dances in Benin and Togo.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Limited Edition Ghana Powder Glass Beads
This article by Kwesi Amanfrafo, published on the National Bead Society web site, takes a rather glum look at the intervention of western product designers working with Krobo bead makers in Ghana to develop new products in the early 1990s.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Learning from craft taxonomies: development and a Yoruba textile tradition
A research paper on the aso-oke handwoven cloth industry. "The resilience of Yoruba indigenous hand-woven cloth industries has been proven again and again, as forces of change have tested the readiness of weavers to adapt to shifts in taste, competition from outside markets, changing technologies, and the lure of modern-sector occupations."
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Lamidi Olonade Fakeye: Yoruba Master Sculptor
"This retrospective presents four decades of wood sculpture—the artistic legacy of Lamidi Fakeye, a fifth generation member of the celebrated Fakeye woodcarving family of Ila Orangun, Nigeria." This excellent web site was produced as part of an exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Kuba Textiles: An Introduction
Describes the various production techniques (embroidery, applique, patchwork and dyeing) for making Kuba raffia cloths. Plus some conservation tips from the author, Ann Svenson, Assistant Textile Conservator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Published in the Western Association for Art Conservation newsletter.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Faking African Art
"A five-year investigation reveals that most West African terra-cotta sculptures are fakes that have fooled specialists, sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars, and ended up in some of the world's most prestigious museums." Article by Michel Brent, published in Archaeology Magazine in 2001.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Contemporary Visual Art from Ghana
George Hughes, a painter from Ghana who works and lives in the U.S., writes about the state of Ghanaian arts today. This article is published online in the Virtual Museum Of Contemporary African Art.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Baule cloth
A short article about the weavings of the Baule people of central Ivory Coast. Written by Patricia Davison of the South African Museum in Cape Town.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Art of the Kwele: ancestor masks, bush spirit masks
An essay on the Art of the Kwele of Equatorial Africa, and in particular on the different types of masks known in private and public collections. Illustrated with many examples, and with a full bibliography. Published by Trbal Arts.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 African Sculptural Art
A collection of papers, authored by Dr. H.E. Roese, dicuss the topics of ancient sculptures of South Africa, 19th century sculptures of West Africa, and modern sculptures of Zimbabwe.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
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