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"African Forms: Hand -Crafted Masterworks from the Entire African Continent"
2001-02-02 until 2001-08-08
Museum for African Art
New York, NY, USA

More than 400 African masterworks of beauty and innovation will be presented in the new exhibition at the Museum for African Art. African Forms is a major exhibition that examines African design from the entire continent. The show includes jewelry, textiles, furniture, receptacles, weapons, musical instruments and devotional objects all distinguished by their beauty and innovation of form. The show provides a setting to explore the ways in which utilitarian objects help define different African cultures and traditions.

The exhibition celebrates the artistic practices of numerous African peoples who work in materials like gold, silver, iron, bronze, wood, ivory, bone, glass and leather. Exhibition highlights include:

- Skillfully crafted furniture ranging from chairs and stools, to neckrests and tentpoles
- Ceramic and wood pots, bowls, snuff bottles and pipes
- Musical instruments like trumpets, flutes and zithers, in wood and ivory
- Intricately designed textiles used as clothing and mats displaying rhythmic patterns
- Ornately decorated weapons like clubs, knives, and shields, symbols of power and rank


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