Links to WWW sites related to African art 
(antique, classical, ethnic, ethnographic, ethno-tribal, native, ritual, traditional, tribal, so-called "primitive" art from Sub-Saharan black Africa)

This is a free, non-commercial portal. It is dedicated to a well-defined subject, so that it can be called a vertical portal, a "vortal."

General sites:

 

African masks

African pottery

African terracotta

Headrests from Africa

Beads in Africa

African metal weapons, knives and money

  • http://african-tribal-art-weapons.eu/gallery/main.php  offered photos
    [not accessible anymore in 2013]

  • http://www.africanweapons.com/collection.html offers photos
    [accessed most recently 2013]

  • http://www.mambele.be/ offered photos and texts up to 2011
    [not accessible anymore in 2013]

  • http://sites.google.com/site/belloafrica/ Traditional weapons of Africa. a series of books Ancient arms and armours of the African continent, by Tristan Arbousse-Bastide
    Innovative combination of aesthetics and ethnohistory
    Tristan Arbousse-Bastide publishes with Archaeopress ("British Archaeological Reports International Series"), a series of three monographs about traditional weapons in Africa. Over the centuries, bladed weapons have played a central role in war and hunting. However, traditional arms and armours can also be viewed and understood as an art form. Their study offers a fascinating insight into many cultural aspects of traditional life. Each book is based on the study of hundreds of weapons from the most prestigious collections of ethnographic art. A rich source of reference for professionals, academics and art collectors Originally published for professional and academic audiences these monographs are the perfect companions to inspire and inform all the amateurs of African antiques. The author develops a comprehensive and systematic classification using technical, morphological, and aesthetic evidences. Each type of weapon is carefully described, analyzed and represented as a graphic model facilitating its identification. The location of each type of weapon is indicated on various maps at continental and regional levels. A complete list of sources and references give the reader all the necessary data to search for further information specific to any object mentioned in the books. Comprehensive coverage of edged weapons Monographs written by Tristan Arbousse-Bastide provide a comprehensive coverage of edged weapons in Africa, with particular emphasis on the 19th and early 20th century. The three volumes on the traditional weapons of Africa are considered as an authoritative overview of this vast and complex field. The books are useful reference guides for museum curators, art merchants or collectors of ethnographic art. They provide a solid basis for the identification of ancient and traditional weapons. Each volume in the series focuses on a particular set of weapons with common characteristics.
    As a form of art, ancient traditional weapons offer an insight deep into African paideia. Careful analysis of the morphology, technology and the decorative art of traditional weapons is a key to interpreting their use as practical tools, but also as symbolic objects: cultural emblem for populations, status symbol for the authority, justice or for royal lineage, exchange value in the pre-colonial economy. Most of the examples described by Tristan Arbousse-Bastide were collected during the Victorian era, a period that corresponds to the apogee of many populations in Africa. The study covers over 170 different ethnic groups across the entire African continent (see the ethnic index of this website). Lavishly illustrated The monographs are illustrated throughout with over 500 drawings from the author’s hand. They reveal the fascinating design and beauty of “primitive” blades. The morphological tables provide a systematic framework and a rigorous nomenclature for the analysis of every part of the weapons. Line drawings perfectly complement the descriptions and allow to clearly define the characteristics of each weapon. Through the use of maps showing the geographic origins of different types of weapons, readers can quickly identify the source of a given piece.
    About the author:
    Tristan Arbousse-Bastide is an archaeologist and anthropologist. He did his doctorate at the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and at Oxford University under the joint supervision of Professor O. Buchsenshutz and Professor B. Cunliffe. After his studies he conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Toyama in Japan. Tristan began studying traditional African weapons since 1996 when he was assistant curator at the Museum of Saint-Cyr-Coetquidan
    [accessed most recently 20113
     

Real and virtual museums and other collections with African art

Overviews / directories of exhibitions and museums related to African art

Dealers = marchands / private galleries / shops / collectors

Directories/lists with addresses of dealers=marchands/galleries/museums

Journals /magazines related to traditional African art

  • http://www.etribal.com/ "Art tribal" (not updated well in 2007)
    [accessed most recently 2007]

  • (http://www.isop.ucla.edu/africa/africanarts/ )
    http://www.international.ucla.edu/africa/africanarts/
    "African Arts"
    4 issues/year
    Individual Print + Electronic Access : $78
    Shipping outside of the US and Canada is an additional $20 per year for print subscriptions.
    $22 per back issue + postage
    ISSN: 00019933 OCLC: 38364090 LCCN: 2006-236965
    African Arts is devoted to the study and discussion of traditional, contemporary, and popular African arts and expressive cultures. Since 1967, African Arts readers have enjoyed high-quality visual depictions, cutting-edge explorations of theory and practice, and critical dialogue. Each issue features a core of peer-reviewed scholarly articles concerning the world's second largest continent and its diasporas, and provides a host of resources--book and museum exhibition reviews, exhibition previews, features on collections, artist portfolios, and dialogue and editorial columns. The journal promotes investigation of the connections between the arts and anthropology, history, language, literature, politics, religion, and sociology.

    African Arts is published quarterly by the James S. Coleman African Studies Center, University of California, Los Angeles. African Arts is distributed by MIT Press Journals.
    [accessed most recently in 2011]
    http://www.jstor.org/journals/00019933.html provides tables of contents
    [accessed most recently 2007]

  • http://www.studienverlag.at/ publishes A4 - Magazin für Aussereuropäische Kunst und Kultur
    http://www.studienverlag.at/titel.php3?TITNR=1058
    Abonnement
    Steigen Sie ein und sichern Sie sich jetzt Ihr Abo! Als Abogeschenk erhalten Sie den Bildband »Voodoo in Afrika« aus dem Haymon Verlag.
    Wenn vor dem Hintergrund einer langen Auseinandersetzung mit Kunst und Ethnographie eine neue Zeitschrift auf den Ladentischen erscheint, stellt sich unvermeidlich die Frage nach ihrer Notwendigkeit und Zielsetzung. Wenn darüber hinaus die Initiative von einem Museum und nicht von einem Verlag ausgeht, entsteht Erklärungsbedarf.
    Mitarbeiter und Freunde des „Haus der Völker“ haben A4 ins Leben gerufen, weil im deutschen Sprachraum eine Zeitschrift über außereuropäische Kunst schmerzhaft fehlt. A4 soll ein Medium sein, das den Sammlern und Liebhabern dieses Genres mit Kompetenz und Begeisterung eine Welt erschließt, die noch immer in weiten Teilen unerforscht ihrer Entdeckung harrt. Für dieses spannende Unternehmen wurden bekannte AutorInnen gewonnen, die sich auf einer populärwissenschaftlichen Ebene der Fragen und Inhalte annehmen.
    Neben den Klassikern stellt A4 auch neue Strömungen vor, denn die Bildwerke und Ritualobjekte der Gegenwart werden die Antiquitäten von morgen sein. Oft genug schon wurden solche Phänomene zu spät wahrgenommen und nicht selten wurden derartige Versäumnisse damit entschuldigt, dass man Qualität allein in der Vergangenheit zu finden glaubte. Offen zu sein für alles Interessante und sensibel genug, um auch die stillen Oszillationen der Kulturen wahrzunehmen, das haben sich die Mitarbeiter von A4 zum Ziel gesetzt. Begleitet von Fotografie und Grafik auf höchstem Niveau führen die Beiträge in faszinierende Themen ein und stellen sie einem anspruchsvollen Publikum zur Diskussion.
    A4 erscheint zweimal im Jahr und ist als Einzelheft oder im Abonnement erhältlich.
    Die Zeitschrift A4, das Magazin für Aussereuropäische Kunst und Kultur erscheint ab 2006 2 x im Jahr. Jahresabonnement: Euro 18,00/sfr 31,90 Einzelheft: Euro 11,00/sfr 19,80 (Preise inkl. MwSt., zuzügl. Versand)
    [accessed most recently 2007]

  • http://www.tribalartmagazine.com/
    [accessed most recently 2008]

  • http://www.tribalarts.com/index.html "Tribal Arts" or "Tribal Art"
    Not updated well.
    [accessed most recently 2008]

  • Périodique imprimé:
    Arts d'Afrique noire : arts premiers
    Villiers-le-Bel Arnouville-lès-Gonesse : Arts d'Afrique noire, 1972-2004
    ISSN 0337-1603
     

Calendars of events related to tribal arts

 

Maps of Africa

Bibliographic database (including articles) about anthropology and ethnography

Book sellers specialised in tribal, traditional African arts

Discussion / interest groups / online and real clubs, related to tribal arts to communicate with people with similar interests

Auction sites that include tribal, traditional African art

Sites for Belgium: overview of auctions

Creators of stands

Ethnonyms / Names of African peoples=tribes

Biebuyck et alii. African ethnonyms: index to art-producing peoples of Africa, New York : Hall, 1996

Other collections of links (portals) to sites about African tribal art

 


The links offered here point to internet / WWW sites that offered some quality information when I visited them, but of course I cannot guarantee the correctness of the information offered or the honesty of dealers.
If you find a link that is no longer functional, you can let me know by e-mail.

 

 
Photo by Man Ray, 1926

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this document was updated most recently 2014-06

 


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