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Wooden male and female figures

Woman

  • Man

    Man

 

Height: 42.000 cm (woman)
Width: 11.000 cm (woman)
Depth: 8.000 cm (woman)
Height: 42.000 cm (woman)
Width: 11.000 cm (woman)
Depth: 8.000 cm (woman)

AOA 1979 Af.1.4623-4

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Views from Africa

Views from Africa


The African nations have a long history of contact, exchange and trade with other parts of the world as well as with each other. Since Portuguese explorers arrived in West Africa during the fifteenth century, complex and changing relationships have evolved between Africans and Europeans.

The objects featured in this tour were made by artists from south of the Sahara between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries. It is not always clear whether there are elements of parody in the stylized figures, or whether they are simply representations of Europeans. Some could be depictions of royal visitors or city-dwelling Africans in European dress. Together they reflect the artists' personal encounters and engagement with change.

This tour accompanies the exhibition Views from Africa, at the British Museum from 28 April to 23 July 2005.

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African designs, £9.99

African designs, £9.99