By Ladislas Segy
163 full-page plates Illustrating mask, fertility figures, ceremonial gadgets, etc., of fifty West and principal African tribes—95% by no means prior to illustrated. 34-page creation to African sculpture.
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164 full-page photographic plates.
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7. Statue with colored beads. Bambara, French Sudan. 12" high. 8. Hood mask. Bambara (Mopti region), French Sudan. 23" high. / 9. Burial ceremony mask (Walu, the antelope), Dogon, French Sudan. 27" high. 10. Burial ceremony mask (Kanaga, the French Sudan. 12Vfc" high. bird). Dogon, 11. Bird mask, polychromed. Bobo, French Sudan. 13V4" high. Statue representing Ariza, the malevolent high. Region ot Black Volta. 12. V spirit. 13. Statue, representing Arbor, spirit of water. Region ot Black Volta, H a IW high.
Thus, exaggerated genitals on the statues symbolize both the symbolic meaning of pro- and force. Sometimes a statue has both exaggerated breasts and male genitals, but this does not indicate creation, virility hermaphrodism, as we might think. Instead, it merely reemphasizes the fertility concept. In good carvings the shape of the genitals is often adjusted to the overall structure of the statue; in Plate 131A, detail of Plate 131 the triangular shape of the phallus parallels the position of the legs.
Bird mask, polychromed. Bobo, French Sudan. 13V4" high. Statue representing Ariza, the malevolent high. Region ot Black Volta. 12. V spirit. 13. Statue, representing Arbor, spirit of water. Region ot Black Volta, H a IW high. FRENCH GUINEA 14. Simo secret society statue, Baga, French Guinea. 14" high. SIERRA LEONE 15. Bundu female secret society hood mask. Mendi, Sierra Leone. 16" high. 16. Statue. Mendi, Sierra Leone. 22" high. 17. Head of an oracle figure. Mendi, Sierra Leone. Detail: W high.
African Sculpture by Ladislas Segy