My google art gallery is made up of spiritual objects used in African culture. These objects were primarily used during rituals, but some objects were just used to ward away bad spirits or for attracting the help of a spiritual being. This gallery will include all aspects of African’s ritual culture and descriptions on what the items were intended to do. Every culture has their own form of ritual or spiritual objects, but to me, African's culture has the most unique and beautiful objects. African culture has such a wide variety of spiritual and ritual object, whether it is masks, cups, staffs, or just small objects.
My gallery includes a Palm Wine cup, which was an item used in hopes to gain royal blood lines. It also includes a Ngil society mask, which was used for initiations and hunting sorcerers. My galley contains a Divination object which African tribes would use to identify spirits. Another item in my gallery is a Ceremonial Staff which was used for representing the powerful spiritual deities. Also included in my gallery is a head dress and reliquary guardian figure. The headdress was used during funeral celebrations. The reliquary figures were used to carry the remains of important action figures.
The pieces I choose for my gallery clearly show the aesthetic and cultural values of the African people. The works in my gallery all have a high regard of how they are aesthetically presented. Another aspect about the work in my gallery showing the value of African values because they are all made of figurative or animalistic sculpture which was a big aspect in African art. The theme of spiritual objects really fits with the African culture because they were so into the spiritual that they wanted their art to be useful in that aspect as well.
Refrences: “Kuba: Palm Wine Cups.” 1 Jan. 2004. Web. 12 Apr. 2016. <http: / /www.randafricanart.com /kuba_cup_3.html.>
"Fang Mask History" Rebirth African Art Gallery. ] Web. 25 Apr. 2016. <http: / /www.rebirth.co.za /fang /fang_mask_history.htm>.
"Divination Object (Gbaule)" Brooklyn Museum . Web. 25 Apr. 2016. <https: / /www.brooklynmuseum.org /opencollection /objects /4952 /divination_object_gbaule>.
"Divination Objects" . Web. 24 Apr. 2016. <http: / /www.hamillgallery.com /site /divinationobjects.html>.
"Ceremonial Staff (Kibango)" Brooklyn Museum . N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2016. <https: / /www.brooklynmuseum.org /opencollection /objects /2900 /ceremonial_staff_kibango>.
"Funerary Headdress (Tugunga)" Brooklyn Museum . N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2016. <https: / /www.brooklynmuseum.org /opencollection /objects /4825 /funerary_headdress_tugunga>.
"Reliquary Guardian Figure (Boumba Bwiti)" Brooklyn Museum . N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2016. <https: / /www.brooklynmuseum.org /opencollection /objects /100716 /reliquary_guardian_figure_boumba_bwiti>.