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Title: Why Europe Waited for Five Centuries Before Acknowledging the Wood Carvings of Black Africa as Works of Art
Authors: Opamshen, Osei Agyeman
Keywords: Fetishes,
aesthetic,
carvings,
acknowledge,
disdain,
rejection.
Issue Date: Feb-1998
Publisher: Journal of Science and Technology
Citation: Journal of Science and Technology,Vol 18, No.1.
Abstract: Although such an important person as Charles the Bold had by 1470, purchased some Black African wood carvings and though some of the sculptures were later displayed in some famous European museums and parlours, the ccmtinent waited till the beginnmg of the twentieth century before acknowledging the carvings as works of art. The reasons for the five hundred years of delay include Europe's condemnation of the carvings as barbarous fetishness devoid of aesthetic qualities, her conservative, ethnocentric and complacent attitude her ignorance of the carvings symbolic nature her little or no predilection for exotic artifacts and her disrespect for Africans and their handiworks. Above all, Europe initially failed to acknowledge the carvings because they were socio-economically unimportant to her.
Description: Article published in the Journal of Science and Technology,Vol.18 No.1, 1998
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/4738
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