The human figure can tell so many stories. A simple gesture or pose of the human form can be so telling. In art, the human form can be one of the most important aspects of expression. When it comes to works of African art, the human form is very present. Seeing as how the people of Africa use their own bodies for forms of art, it is very common to see that presented in their traditional works as well. In this gallery viewers will see how the human form can be used as a narrative for stories of power, personal rituals, and how one shows how they represent themselves.
The Equestrian Figure is featured in the show because the artist skillfully rendered the rider’s weapons and I wanted to show how objects that the human form holds are also important to the narrative; the same goes for the Hornblower figure. This piece has a strong representation of the spirit narrative in African work. I chose the Mask piece because it tells a narrative of how small, personal masks function as amulets among the Dan and neighboring cultures. Reliquary Guardian Figure and Standing Female Figure shows how the female form is celebrated; this is important to the African themed art.
I believe that all of these pieces will relate well to the Human Form African Narrative because they all mean something different, and they all work well together,
"Equestrian Figure — Minneapolis Institute of Art | Minneapolis Institute of Art." Minneapolis Institute of Art. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2016. Equestrian Figure(Djenne, possibly Soninke)Mali, Africa, c. 1450 "Figure of a Hornblower." Brooklyn Museum: Arts of Africa:. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2016. overall, 55.87_view2_SL4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014 "Reliquary Guardian Figure (Eyema-o-Byeri)." Brooklyn Museum: Arts of Africa:. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2016.overall, 51.3_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007 "Personal Miniature Mask (Ma Go)." Brooklyn Museum: Arts of Africa:. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Mar. 2016.image: front, 1995.7.28_front_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011 "Standing Female Figure (Gheonga)." Brooklyn Museum: Arts of Africa:. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2016. overall, 74.211.6_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007