ART 101 Visual Literacy

ART 101 Visual Literacy - These masks are worn in...

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The definition of ethnocentricity is one’s perception that one race is greater than another. Kenneth Clark’s ethnocentric view of the African mask is based upon the comparison of that mask against the sculpture of the Greek god Apollo. He concluded that the African mask was inferior based upon the superiority of ancient Greek civilization. My interpretation of the reading and his statements is that he, like many, view mythological Greek gods as many modern religions see their respective higher power (GOD). It is relative to compare this to a level of hierarchy or nobility. What he did not acknowledge is that the African mask is of just as much importance to the people who view and understand its significance.
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Unformatted text preview: These masks are worn in ceremonies because they are viewed as transport to the spirit world, making them just as important to the African culture as any sculpture of ancient Greece was to the people who recognize them. I think that his conclusion was based on a common frame of mind that gods are superior, therefore the culture behind it is superior. It reminds me of how upper class people are perceived as being better than lower class people just because they have more money. They are typically stereotyped as more classy, significant, and recognizable than one without a big bank account. I think the comparison fits....
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