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Symbolic Art

Posted by Ana on May 21st, 2015 | post in Uncategorized |No comment

African art is principally symbolic rather than representational.  Objects such as weaving bowls, stools, chairs and textiles were  made with great care to beautify daily life as well as to enhance the status of chiefs and prominent individuals. Each particular culture created its own set of symbols and artistic style which were understood in the community. Though the symbols varied widely between one community and the next, there was generally within a given community a considerable degree of consistency and thus developed a large number of reasonably discreet styles. Though the artists did not follow stylistic guidelines blindly and each used their own creativity and individuality to the objects they made, the artists generally worked within defined parameters of acceptability within their own culture. The artist was thereby able to reinforce the traditional beliefs and values of the societies and political leaders who were his patrons.

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