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Stools Pillows Bowls -Utilitarian Art from Africa

Stools Pillows Bowls -Utilitarian Art from Africa

When we think of African tribal art, we think of figurative sculptures of astounding originality in their form and style rather than of everyday artifacts – what is known as utilitarian art. We imagine masks and statues imbued with supernatural powers which give a tribe its socio-religious identity. Although we use this distinction of figurative and utilitarian art, in fact African cultures do not see that difference. All the art of African traditional cultures is functional and part of daily…

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Gule Wamkulu – the Great Dance of Malawi

Gule Wamkulu – the Great Dance of Malawi

“Akuluakulu ndi m’dambo mozimila moto” (The elders are rivers where fire is extinguished’). Chewa Proverb. “Gule Wamkulu‘s fantastical masks are on show this Spring at Loving|Monro Gallery in Santa Monica. Don’t miss these seldom-seen authentic masks that represent the many different characters and morality tales in the cosmology of the Chewa tribe of Malawi.” February 17 2016 – March 31 2016 The Great Matriarchal Bantu People Of Africa The Chewa are mainly known for their masks and their secret society…

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