Mère du Senegal, Loïs Mailou Jones
February 10, 2016

Mère du Senegal, Loïs Mailou Jones

DETAIL: Loïs Mailou Jones (American; 1905–1998). Mère du Senegal, 1985. Acrylic; 24″ x 36″. Courtesy of the Loïs Mailou Jones Pierre-Noël Trust. Women Artists ABOUT THE ARTIST In her 1989 Callaloo interview, Loïs Mailou Jones reflected on the seeds of a career that would span seven decades: “Well, I began with art at a very early […]

African Masks
December 10, 2015

African Masks

Culture plays an important role in all aspects of art history—defining the era, enhancing techniques, and representing a meaning all its own. African cultures exhibit unique, exquisite masks with various meanings. The bold abstract designs of African tribal masks have geometrical, as well as symmetrical patterns, which depict the social status, and/or magical or religious […]

Ngaady A Mwaash mask, Kuba culture
December 10, 2015

Ngaady A Mwaash mask, Kuba culture

DETAIL: Ngaady A Mwaash mask, Kuba culture, Central Africa. Wood, pigment, raffia cloth, cowrie shells, glass beads; approximately 15 inches high. Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium. Ngaady A Mwaash was the wife of the first Kuba king who was a founding royal female ancestor of the 17th-century Bushoong Kuba dynasty.  It performs with two […]