Experience the Beauty of African Culture

A Global Village Collection

African art history has played a significant role in shaping the culture and history of the world. The origins of African art history lie long before recorded history, preserved in the obscurity of time. Rock Art is centuries old, while shell beads fashioned for a necklace have been recovered in a cave in the furthest reach of the southern peninsula of South Africa that are 75 000 years old. 

The earliest sculpture forms found come from Nigeria and are dated around 500 BC. However, the lack of archaeological excavations inhibits knowledge of the antiquity of African art and the sheer disposable nature of the raw materials used in the creation of art objects means that an untold wealth of pieces have disintegrated in time.

Foreign colonisation of most countries in sub-Saharan Africa took place from 1840 onwards and different values became omnipresent. A lot of African art was acquired for curious means by travellers, traders and missionaries in the century before and left the continent. Colonialists most often did not give indigenous art the merit and attention it deserved and thereby African art history was not preserved or documented.

Curated by:
Daniel Del Real

Bartuszová Lofenia JC, Caleb, HK Budaza, Norman Lopez, Kevin Mwa.

Ramatou Falke, Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurants, Barry’s African Restaurants, Maria Manalang, Korka Diatta.

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