African Art - Life Force at the Anvil - Introduction pg 1

African dancer with mask

African Mask


More than eight hundred ethnic groups live in Africa. A thousand languages are spoken across the continent to communicate distinct social and religious beliefs between community members. The art produced by each group animates these principles and is inseparable from their highly developed cultures.

(left) Mask
Bamana - Mali
iron, 9.5"h x 5.25"w x 2"d
Collection of: Lee and Elizabeth Sauder

Life Force at the Anvil
The Blacksmith's Art from Africa


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