arh 301, 02.26.08

arh 301, 02.26.08 - African Art Some of the first art =...

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02/26/08 African Art Some of the first art = Rock art Focus on: Algeria Rock art: Tassili-n-Ajjer, Algeria c. 8000-4000 BC, ( produced continuously throughout that period) -Gives a sense of cultural things -men hunting (hunter-gatherer lifestyle) -when the art was being made it was not the Sahara desert, but fertile grassland Transition to herding lifestyle c. 4000 BC -scenes based on daily life of these people -gender specific; the men were involved with the herding process -the women are doing “domestic” things -similarities b/w Egypt and Africa -beginning to think that the people moved out of Africa because the area was becoming less fertile and that they influenced Egyptian art Nok culture, modern Nigeria c. 500 BC -sedentary, farmer lifestyle -because of this, the culture starts to produce sculpture -Nok culture remains somewhat mysterious Non-naturalistic, abstract stylization -they all have headdresses, beads, striations (beard, scars?): evidence of ritualization and cultural stratification
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