African Tribal Sculpture

African tribal sculpture typically takes the form of figurative art and is mostly carved from wood. Some of the oldest examples of abstract figurative art hail from Africa and the tradition continues into the modern day.  The human form, animal and mythical representations depicting spiritual, regligious and ancestor veneration are all evidenced in the African sculptural form. Elongation of limbs, accentuation and exaggeration of features and abstraction of form are hallmarks of the tradition. Whilst patination is often a sign of age this is not always the case and artisans are adept and creating false patinas- as a consequence Tribal art sculpture of recent production is often passed off as antique. Our advice, as ever, is to buy what you like and to avoid, unless you have considerable expertise, buying Africna sculpture based on the value suggested by dealers.

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