Collectors see beauty in African art
Collectibles used in American homes come from many countries. Crafts from
Africa have been especially popular since the 1960s. Many modern European and
American artists were influenced by traditional African pieces.
By Ralph and Terry Kovel, King Features Syndicate.
Found at Orlando
Sentinel July 31, 2005
of the Yoruba tribe made this 35-inch beaded chief's chair circa 1960. In May,
it sold for $644.
(COWLES SYNDICATE INC.)
Old pieces are in museums and are expensive, but newer pieces of African art are
affordable and are being imported and sold in the United States. Carved wooden
statues, canes, fertility symbols, colorful woven textiles in traditional
designs, pottery, clothing and beaded pieces such as hats, figurines or chairs
The most popular pieces in gift stores are masks, figures, textiles and pottery.
The Yoruba people of Nigeria, Bénin and Togo have a special talent for
beadwork. Hats, figures, baskets, belts, masks, aprons, crowns and several types
of chairs are covered with beads. The beads are woven into designs showing
animals and geometric symbols. Many colors are used.
The resulting art shows the talent of the craftsmen. Recently a beaded chief's
chair made circa 1960 sold at auction for about $640.
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