African fertility doll

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Artistic metallic castings | Height 20 cm

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African fertility doll

The sculptor of the Ghanaian people of Ashanti are famous for their female, dolls known as the 'Akua ba ".The ideals of Akan women beauty attributed to these fertility dolls. The young women who carrying this dolls will have a psychic powers.

This impressive 20 cm high doll is made of resin dating from the 19th century.

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Collective term for the artistic creations of the tribes and ethnic groups of sub-Saharan Africa. African ancestral sculptures, magical figures and masks are deeply rooted in religious and mythical tradition.

The people of Ashanti (Ghana today) developed significant goldsmith's art by its gold wealth. Wood carvings of Ashanti artists (mother and child figures, fertility dolls) are well-known as well.

For centuries, Benin (now Nigeria) has been ruled by powerful kings called obas. The obas were absolute rulers, who considered to be of divine origin. The heirs had a responsibility to preserve their memory. Large bronze altars and impressive head sculptures became a reminding heritage of the following generations. The bronze heads of excellent workmanship, cast using the lost wax process - the oldest date back to the 15th and 16th centuries - are outstanding evidence of African art.

Similarly famous are the shoulder masks of Baga in the West African country Guinea which can weigh up to 60 kg and the terracotta heads of Yoruba in Ife (Nigeria) which date from the 10th to 13th century.

The Kabyle, Guanche and Tuareg are the Berber tribes located in Northwest Africa. The art of Berber is characterized by abstraction and spontaneous creativity. The exceptional vitality of the Berber art is proving itself in assimilating into modern art movements.

In the manufacture of jewelry, the abstract geometric motifs are made as individual pieces and connected to long chain strands. The jewelery creations made of silver are especially popular and attractive.

Collective term for all casting processes that ars mundi carries out with the help of specialized art foundries.

Cast stone
Equivalent of artificial marble, with the difference that the substitute stone in powder form is used instead of marble powder.

Cold cast bronze
Bronze powder bound by a polymer. By special polishing and patination techniques the surface of the casting gets a look that corresponds to the bronze.

ARA wooden copy
In order to guarantee absolute fidelity to the original, an artificially manufactured imitation wood is used as a base material which has typical wood characteristics: density, workability, color and surface structure.

Ceramic casting
As a rule castable clay is used in ceramic casting, which then is fired and possibly glazed. Plaster molds are often used instead of the usual rubber molds in ceramic casting and in porcelain production.

Bronze casting
In this case, the thousand-year-old lost-wax technique is used. It's the best, but also the most complex method of producing sculptures.

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Bronze casting
Lost-wax casting technique

A plastic work of sculptural art made of wood, stone, ivory, bronze or other metals.

While sculptures from wood, ivory or stone are made directly from the block of material, for bronze casting a working model is prepared at first. Usually it is made of clay or other easily shaped materials.

The prime time of sculpture after the Roman antiquity was the Renaissance. Impressionism gave a new impulse to the sculptural arts. Also the contemporary artists, such as Jorg Immendorf, Andora, and Markus Lupertz enriched the sculpture with outstanding works.

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