Thursday, February 22, 2007

Art Africa


Blogger Katie McKenna said...

Wow! Stunning pictures! I'm going to go look a your photos again.

I love the way they carve their figures. The belly button and genitalia so cute - like a water spout. Their carvings are so basic, so natural. Very Refreshing.

Those faces on that metal axe... so interesting! I wonder if they are there to protect from demons or to add to the axe . Either way it is Power.

Then the sun signs... I find the horoscope plate fascinating. What did you call it? The divination board. What was it used for?

Truly fascinating collection! Thank you!

6:53 AM, February 22, 2007  
Blogger Tisha! said...

Dearest Aaron,

These shots are particularly meaningful for me - perhaps one day I will have the opportunity to make my journey to Africa in search of my roots.

Thank you for sharing your talent and these wonders with us.

8:05 AM, February 22, 2007  
Blogger Katie McKenna said...

Really an amazing collection.

4:04 AM, February 28, 2007  
Blogger Aaron X said...

Thanks Katie

I don't really have any information about the markings on that ax, but I can tell you little bit about the divination board.

Divination is at the center of the Yoruba religion, knowledge, and intellectual discourse. During divination, the center of the tray (opon) would be covered with cam wood powder on which divination marks are printed and interpreted by and Ifa priest after casting of the sacred palm nuts. The tray is the place where the priest can allay the client's fears and doubts, and his anxieties and uncertainties are relieved.

11:00 AM, March 01, 2007  
Blogger Katie McKenna said...

Interesting, thank you Aaron. I might go take a glance at Yoruba religion by and by.

Divination is fairly the same every where then... simply using different props so to speak. Some having more of a pronounced Religious tone/flavor ...

I like to study the way they carve their wood.. the smoothness and shaping is very appealing. Then the designs make me stop and contemplate... the effects of our heredity, environment... the way the past and present sculptures us .

5:54 AM, March 02, 2007  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

03 25 07

Those are beautiful sculptures. Thanks for sharing them. From your comment above, looks like you have seen a Baba or two eh? Wherever did you find this artwork?

12:21 AM, March 26, 2007  
Anonymous said...

Wow! what a fantastic collection and great photos! I guess that your readers/fans might like to see more (I must admit, not as impressive as yours):


9:46 AM, August 24, 2010  
Blogger Steven said...

Dear Aaron,
thanks for your beautiful photos.These objects: are they yours? I am very interested to know more about the first one: the double-faced Gelede mask. According to B. Lawal its name is 'Oloju Meji.' Do you have more info for me?

Steven van de Raadt

9:01 AM, November 16, 2010  

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