Bring the Natives of Africa home to you. The unique art of the tribal period will add class to any decor.
Art plays an essential role in the lives of the African people and their communities. It serves a much more vital purpose than merely to beautify the human environment, as art is usually employed in contemporary Western societies. The beauty of African art is simply an element of its function, for these objects would not be effective if they were not aesthetically pleasing. Its beauty and its content thus combine to make art the vehicle that ensures the survival of traditions, protects the community and the individual, and tells much of the person or persons who use it!
For many centuries African Tribal masks, played a major role in rituals, celebrations, ceremonial and tribal initiations. Masking rituals are normally accompanied with prayer, music, song and or dance. Before the sculpting start, the artisan purifies himself and performs a prayer, consulting the divine forces and the spirits of his ancestor’s for guidance. The divine force will be transferred to the mask during the sculpting process. The carver also offers a sacrifice to the spirit of the tree. Once the tree is felled the sculptor leaves it for a day or two, so that the spirit of the tree can find a "new home", thereafter he brings the tree to his workshop to starts the process of carving the mask.
African Animal Carvings
Africa is where humanity got its start. Where pharaoh's ruled and civilization first flourished. Many people have often wondered about the beauty and splendor when it comes to Africa. From the roaring of the lions to the savannahs where the elephants, zebra's and springbuck roam. No continent has more appeal when it comes to animals, from the mystical leopard to the king: the lion. Africa is far more than a continent. It is the beginning of so many mysteries and the journey of a lifetime.
Martial Arts gear was fortunate to venture to South Africa, and on the journey the richness and beauty of artifacts could not be overlooked. Arriving this October 2002 a shipment from South Africa is destined for our shores. Have you ever wanted a true Africa artifact, hand carved. Here is your chance. Once these artifacts are gone we may never get a shipment again. All artifacts were hand chosen, no artifact was factory manufactured - but rather produced by the locals. Each is original (even though similar).
All of our African animal carvings were bought from local carvers and on the side of the road.