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Title: Leadership and Art in the Ashanti, Kuba, Yoruba, and Other Peoples of Africa


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Leadership and Art in the Ashanti, Kuba, Yoruba,
and Other Peoples of Africa
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The Ashanti
  • From Ghana in West Africa
  • Important position in their government is that of
    the spokesperson to the ruler
  • Spokespersons staff (okyeame poma)
  • Kojo Bonsu from Ghana
  • Wood and Gold
  • - Height 111/4 (28.57 cm)

http//www.contracosta.cc.ca.us/Art/AfricanArtMode
rnEra.htm
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  • The Ashanti are also known for their woven
    textiles, or kente
  • Worked on small horizontal looms (produce narrow
    pieces of cloth)
  • Used brightly colored, complex patterns
  • Threads used traditionally were silk
  • Longs strips made with loom are cut down and sewn
    together to form the finished kente cloth
  • Kente at first was only for the state regalia
  • Oyokoman ogya da mu
  • (there is a fire between two
  • Factions of the Oyoko clan)
  • -traditionally only the king of
  • the Ashanti could wear this
  • pattern
  • -other complex patterns were
  • reserved for royal family or
  • members of the court

http//www.nmafa.si.edu/exhibits/kente/when3.htm
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The Kuba
  • From the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Produced elaborate and sophisticated political
    art
  • Kuba kings were memorialized by portrait
    sculptures called ndop
  • 22 known ndop span 400 years of Kuba history
  • Sculptors give the ndop and icon by which to
    identify the king, called an ibol
  • Ndop figures also contain carved representations
    of royal regalia

http//www.sas.upenn.edu/African_Studies/CIA_Maps/
Zaire_19891.gif
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Ndop of Shyaam a-Mbul a-Ngwoong From Democratic
Republic of Congo Wood, height 21 3/8
http//www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/aprt_3/hd_aprt_3.
htm
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The Yoruba
  • From Southwestern Nigeria
  • Holy city of Ife
  • 11th century- lively metropolis, artistic, and
    cultural center
  • Excavations from ritual spaces
  • Terra-cotta ritual vessel

Shango Ritual Vessel (Shango odu) Terracotta Ita
Yemoo Museum of Youruba Pottery, Ile Ife,
Nigeria.
http//www.ceramicstoday.com/articles/synchronicit
y_images.htm
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Naturalistic Works of Sculpture
-Created by artists of Ife -Began around 1050 CE
Head of a King, Ife, 13th century CE Zinc brass,
height 11 7/16
http//sorrel.humboldt.edu/7Erwj1/AFR/afr883s.htm
l
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Shrine Head, 12th-14th century, Ife
Terra-cotta, height 12 ¼
-idealized
http//www.artsmia.org/ceramics/shrine_head/look.h
tml
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Olowe of Ise
-Kings of the Yoruba manifested their power
through large, intricate palaces -Descriptive
figure carving covered the doors Olowe of Ise-
one of the best architectural sculptors of modern
times Palace door. Life of Ruler with
female sacrifice.
1900-1938
wood
http//worldart.sjsu.edu/Obj1252427
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Colonial Official. Detail of Door of Palace at
Ikere Olowe of Ise (1875-1938)
http//worldart.sjsu.edu/Obj441072427
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Bibliography
  • 1.http//www.artsmia.org/ceramics/shrine_head/look
    .html
  • 2.http//worldart.sjsu.edu/4DACTION/HANDLECGI/CTN1
    ?theKWOLOWERefineSearchNewSelection
  • 3. http//www.nmafa.si.edu/exhibits/kente/when3.ht
    m
  • Stokstad, Marilyn. Art History. Pearson
    Education. NJ. 2005
  • http//www.nmafa.si.edu/exhibits/olowe/olowe.htm
  • 6. http//sorrel.humboldt.edu/7Erwj1/AFR/afr883s.
    html
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