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Unformatted text preview: a religious context of the art that survives from Africa. Next, the essay turns to pottery. The essay’s section is devoted to what are referred to as ‘Afro-Georgian and Afro-Carolinian face vessels,’ ceramic jugs which portray human facial features and use mixed media such as insects for eyes. The origin of this concept is thought to lie with Zairian funeral sculpture, the similarities being too strong to dismiss for the author. Finally, the essay turns to quilt making, perhaps the most famous African American folk art. Quilt making is examined as a way to incorporate a new form with old art, in this case the practice of decorating textiles. There are geometric patterned quilts, which may recall kente. The ‘Harriet quilts’ with their portrayal of biblical scenes and unique meteorological, astronomical and personal events in the life of the artist, are also discussed. The iconography is suggested to be African in origin....
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- Summer '07
- African diaspora, Folk art, american folk art