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African Art does not have specific date to which it evolved because most early AfricanArt was carved in wood which perished quickly This is why most art dates from the19th and early 20th century Many 20th century artists admired and collected pieces ofAfrican Art They enjoyed the bold color expression and form that produced a newbeginning in art history African Art was mostly dedicated to life affirming activitiessuch as healing pleasure protection and transformation The first African Art that madea sustained impact on Europe occurred with the bronze casing and ivory seized in 1897by the British Royal Army It was then that African Art began to become in demand andseen by all areas of the world Recently archaeological explorations have become themain contributors of African Art historyAfrican Art is continuously evolving although the rate of change has varied fromtime to time and place to place A specific word for art did not exist in languages ofmost traditional African people Instead they used a word to describe the making of theobject African Art as been tied to political and religious aspects Some secular objectsexisted but most are prestige or objects that functions in communing with a supernaturalpower There are many different forms of African Art but the main forms includeMasks show a wide range of design and subject matter They are mostly based onnaturalistic human forms or interpretations Some are placed on the top of the headwhile others rest on the shoulders Many masks are decorated with beads wigs humanhair and earrings Some cultures paint faces instead of wearing masks Some mask typesinclude ancestral sacrificial avenging protection peace-making and ritualThese masks are worn in ritual in which the wearer could empower the spirit Westernmasks were made to conceal an individuals identity African masks were to establish a different identity for the wearer in order to amuse teach or sacrifice A great example ofan African mask is Bayaka Mask This mask is used for a form of
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