The Collection of Tribal Art
Showed tribal works are largely from Congo tribes whose abstract, expressionist and surrealist forms excite the passions of art lovers. African culture is expressed in its arts and crafts, folklore and religion, clothing, cuisine, music and languages. In this culture we will find many interesting human behavior. The culture of Africa is varied and manifold, consisting of a mixture of tribes that each have their own unique characteristics. Interesting fact is that in most traditional African cultures, the person who wears a ritual mask conceptually loses his or her human identity and turns into the spirit represented by the mask itself.
African hunting or preparing to war have their own specifics. Selection of the appropriate weapons are much more important than hunting in Europe, Asia or the Americas. African weapons represents a multitude of forms.
African masks often represent a spirit and it is strongly believed that the spirit of the ancestors possesses the wearer. Most African masks are made with wood and can be decorated with: ivory, animal hair, plant fibers, pigments, etc.
Statues & Other
Statues, usually of wood or ivory, are often inlaid with cowrie shells, metal studs and nails. Decorative clothing is also commonplace and comprises another large part of African art. Hand made sculptures represent primitive beliefs.