By Ladislas Segy

163 full-page plates Illustrating mask, fertility figures, ceremonial items, etc., of fifty West and important African tribes—95% by no means ahead of illustrated. 34-page creation to African sculpture.
«Mr. Segy is one among its most sensible authorities,» New Yorker.
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Head of an oracle figure. Mendi, Sierra Leone. Detail: W high.

This, of course, means that the shapes and volumes within the sculpture itself were coordinated so successfully that the viewer was affected emotionally. It is entirely valid to ask how, from a purely artistic point of view, this unity quire whether there is was achieved. And we must also in- a recurrent pattern or rules or a plastic- language and vocabulary which is responsible for the powerful communication of emotion which the best African sculpture achieves. If there is such a pattern or rules, are these rules applied consciously or instinctively to obtain so many works of such high artistic quality?

I have selected only four very simple examples demon- strating the interplay of roundness and angularity on typical sculpture. This many African to analyze same relationship can be observed on very sculptures, although occasionally forms very it is closely to see this interplay. necessary These forms are recurrent patterns, part of the vocabulary of the African artist. But what do they really mean? What emotions do they arouse in us? 28 introduction To discover the inner mood of the contorted legs frequently seen on African statues, I recommend that the reader place himself fn the same position.

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