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African paintings invitations you to discover the dynamic origins of the significant inventive expressions coming up from the unique and mystifying African continent. because the discovery of African artwork on the finish of the 19th century through the colonial expositions it's been a unlimited resource of idea for artists who, through the years, have without end recreated those artistic endeavors. the ability of Sub-Saharan African artwork lies inside its visible variety, demonstrating the creativity of the artists who're carrying on with to conceptualize new stylistic types. From Mauritania to South Africa and from the Ivory Coast to Somalia, statues, mask, jewellery, pottery and tapestries compose quite a few day-by-day and formality gadgets springing from those richly assorted societies.
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Qxp 10/11/2011 1:31 PM Page 43 Sahara and to adventure as far as the Negroes to buy from them principally gold-powder in exchange for various sorts of merchandise. Among this merchandise, Arab geographer, Yakut mentions copper rings and blue glass beads as being very much in honour at his time, that is to say, at the beginning of the 13th century. More recently, the Negroes most admire and value “aggry beads” made of blue glass. Phoenician and Carthaginian Influence We have, therefore, the right to suppose that these beads, perhaps of Phoenician manufacture, but in any case abundant among the Phoenicians, were first imported by them into the settlements that they had founded as early as the 12th century BC on the Mediterranean coast of Africa; that their colonists, Carthaginians and others, later introduced them into the Sahara even as far as Sudan; that Berber merchants, and then Arabs and Arabo-Berbers of Tripolitania, Tuat, Tafilalet and Dara or Draa continued this traffic, and that, after all, the men with long hair and of light colouration, of so-called celestial origin, mentioned by the Negro traditions, may have been successively Phoenicians, Punic, Berber, and Moorish caravan merchants.
Qxp 10/11/2011 1:31 PM Page 46 establish continuous relations by sea with the Negroes. But it was certainly not the same by the way of land. Carthage took from the Phoenicians, her founders, exceptional aptitudes for what one might call “long distance commerce”. Her citizens were not slow to perceive the advantages which they could procure by trading with the Negroes who, beyond the unproductive desert, inhabited fertile regions, rich in men and gold. They organised caravans which must have very closely resembled those which still circulate today across the Sahara and which travelled to Sudan in search of slaves, gold dust, ostrich feathers, and ivory, in exchange for textiles, clothing, copper and beads.
The names of the countries, localities, and peoples are generally difficult to identify and when they are examined impartially it is found that they all refer to countries, localities and peoples belonging to North Africa and not to Negro Africa. When, by chance, geographical or ethnical information seems to refer to the Negroes or to their country, it is drowned in an amalgam of impossibilities or obscurities from which it is extremely difficult to obtain any light. For the period of the Middle Ages, we are a little better informed by Muslim geographers and historians of Berbery, Spain, Egypt, and the Arabian Peninsula, and by some works later re-edited in Arabic by the Sudanese, to which I have alluded above.