A LARGE SELECTION OF AFRICAN TRIBAL ART: AFRICAN MASKS, BEADS AND TEXTILES
The Shop at The Gallery at Grande Provence gallery offers a wide selection of African Artefacts and Tribal Art. Masks from Mali, Burkina Faso, The Ivory coast as well as Gabon. Many African societies see masks as mediators between the living world and the supernatural world of the dead, ancestors and other entities. Masks became and still become the attribute of a dressed up dancer who gave it life at the time of ceremonies.
The shop has a new selection of recycled glass beads, doughnut beads and Amber beads available for decorative purposes or a fashion accessory. Original Swoowa cloths are made from raffia and natural pigments. These pieces are handcrafted, each with an individual design.
The Namji tribe is famous for their wooden dolls carved with geometric features and adorned with multi-coloured bead necklaces, cowrie shells, coins, metal strips, fibre and leather. The dolls held by young Namji girls to play and to ensure their fertility, are considered among the finest and the most beautiful dolls in Africa. They are carved from solid hardwood. The doll would have a name, be fed, be talked to and be carried strapped to the back everywhere the child would go. The most popular place to carry ones' doll is strapped to the back the way real infants are toted around. This was the young girls' first baby. This was her responsibility. This doll helped prepare the young Namji woman for her role as mother in her future life.
Photograph 1: Guro Billy Goat Mask (Ivory Coast) An important characteristic found in Guro art is a skilful combination of human and animal forms. Notable features on masks, are almond shaped eyes, rounded foreheads, finely sculptured nose and mouth with small but sprouting lips. Hairdos and headdress are delicately sculptured and elaborate. The masks are normally colourful and coated with natural dyes.
Photograph 2: Namji Fertility Dolls