African Sculptures compared to Greek Sculptures

I chose to do a gallery on the differences between African sculptures and Greek Sculptures. I find that these two types of art are completely different and show their own styles. Greek sculptures are the "most famous" or known type of human figure sculptures and are idolized for their precision and accurate proportion. African Sculpture is recognized for their wacky proportion and un realistic detail but have stories to tell and charisma or personality. Greek sculptures are beautiful pieces of art and are recognized for the talent and skill it takes the be that precise in the shape and looks of the human body. But African sculpture you really have to respect the vision of the human figure and how the artist see's the human body. Also they are fun to look and may not be a sophisticated as the Greek sculptures but tell a story that makes the viewer curious. 

This is a piece that shows how greek sculptures of the head is accurately proportioned with a real life head. It is very impressive how they sculpted this head with such precision and detail back in that time period. Greeks were also the first to make detailed "head" sculptures even though they were mostly known for their full body sculptures.
Unlike the Greek "head" sculpture this African "head" sculpture is very different in style than the Greek. This is how African sculpture portrays the human head with unrealistic proportion but is still pleasant to look at. This sculpture has a story to tell and has a purpose unlike the Greed "head sculpture. This is also a mask that is used in ceremonies. This sculpture ins't just to look at and criticize but it serves a purpose and at first wasn't meant to be a piece of art but a ceremonial mask.
I chose this sculpture because of the nudity is shows. In ancient Greece nudity is a big part of sculptures and are mainly sculptures of naked male figures. The sculptures are mainly male because showing nudity in art usually shows the figure as a God or Warrior and shows power. Greek sculptures is what really made nudity as a beautiful thing and a sense of power.
In African sculptures they show nude female figures more often then you would see in Greek sculptures. They are not trying to show power or god-like traits to a sculpture by using nudity but just show the human figure and how common nudity is in their everyday dress and culture. Again this sculpture is not realistically proportioned but this has the sense of the human figure and nudity by showing breast on the figure.
Majority of Greek sculptures are made from stone. They also are not meant to be in a box or to be away from people but they are mainly outside and provide structural purpose with some buildings and common areas. This has caused these sculptures to have wear and tear, some have really taken a beating. This sculpture "Head of a Youth" has deteriorated and is barely staying together. A lot of their sculptures have been deteriorating from being outside and withstanding the weather.
African Sculpture for one are a lot smaller than Greek sculptures. They are not life size but still have a purpose. If you look at African Sculptures compared to Greek Sculptures you will find that the African Sculptures are in a lot better shape than the Greek sculptures. This is because African sculptures are made of wood or plaster cast which preserves better than stone that is left outside at all times. These sculptures are meant to be smaller because they need to be moved for the ceremonies. Also Greek sculptures have been around a lot longer than African Sculptures.
This African Sculpture is a Mask which you will see a lot if in African style art. They are meant to be a piece to look at but also serves a purpose. A lot of African art are pieces that are meant to be used in African Ceremonies. African Masks have a ritual or religious meaning and used to keep identities covered during rituals and ceremonies. Each of these mask or sculptures have charisma and a personality that represents who the mask covers or who made the sculpture.
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