DArk in roots

My gallery is comprised of many pieces of artwork from many parts of the world including Africa and North America. Having strong dark roots all leading back to Africa. The Dark colors represent the power, pain and elegance of my heritage. 

This is a 19th-20th century piece depicting a female standing. She appears to have a very long torso and is standing on a tree stump. This art piece appears during funerals of important figures in certain African tribes.
This sculpture represented religious African aspects of life and death. This sculptures appears to be a man sitting with a spear in his left hand. In certain parts of Africa, the reliquaries which were containers that encompassed skull and bone pieces preserved these important pieces of the deceased individuals.
This picture depicts Cordier's version of African Venus. This sculpture represents a woman from France who was enslaved as a young girl. What stands out about his piece is her facial expression of power.
As it may not have been documented, theres a possibility that Ward's depiction of an African-Amereican man sitting was inspired by Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. The man appears to be sitting on a tree stump semi nude with only one chain on his left hand. His facial expression shows a look of relief which is probably why he is named "The Freedman".
This 19th century bronze piece represents Hogon equestrian statue by the Dogon people. Dogon sculptures were carved to represent anything from family use to community worship. Horses during that time represented abundance and power. The person was able to ride a rode the horse was said to have a high status.
This bronze 1848 piece was another piece by Charles Cordier. This sculpture served as a companion piece to one of his other sculptures named "African Venus". His facial expression shows a man of virtue and grace in the face of heavy injustice.
Although this piece has an unknown origin it was said to represent white masks "spirit faces" that was used in funeral dances within different tribes along the Ogowe river. This women appears to be holding two calabashes in both hands. It is believed that this piece serves some fertility boosting purpose behind it.
This wood piece of 1625-1650 piece was sculpted by Leonard Kern. This sculptured shows three women interlocking their handing with each other while standing. Kern was inspired to sculpt these women from his Italy experience and females of Rubens.
The Blackberry Women piece by Richmond Barthe was inspired by The blacker the Berry: A Novel of negro Life by Wallace Thurman. As noted from the book this piece represents a poor African American women of Mississippi without any shoes and a basket on her head as well as one on her arm.
This bronze head sculpture appears to be an African American young boy . The young boy appears to be staring at something but he has an innocent look in his eyes. During the 1940's segregation was prominent because of the Jim Crow Laws, so this sculpture could have represented a young boy during those times.
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