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Unformatted text preview: Anton Lawrendra, Tin Do AP Art History Chapter 15 South of the Sahara: Early African Art Overview • Africa is a vast continent comprising more than one-fifth of the world’s land mass and many distinct topographical and ecological zones. • Parched deserts occupy northern and southern regions, high mountains rise in the east, and three great rivers – the Niger, the Congo, and the Nile – and their lush valleys support agriculture and large settled populations. • It is not yet possible to present a coherent, continent-wide history of early African art. • A few areas have been fairly well surveyed archaeologically, but most of the continent remains little known in periods prior to European contact, which began along the seacoasts in the late 15th century. • Many inland areas were virtually unknown to outsiders between 1850 and 1900. • Hundreds of distinct ethnic, cultural, and linguistic groups, often but inaccurately called “tribes,” long have inhabited this enormous continent. • Currently comprising more than 52 nations, such population groups historically have ranged in size from a few hundred, in hunting and gathering bands, to several million, in kingdoms and empires. • Councils of elders often governed smaller groups, whereas larger populations sometimes have joined with other ethnic groups within a centralized state under a king....
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- Centuries, late 15th century, early african art, century Great Zimbabwe