This morning, I drowned in a gabonese coincidence : 2 pictures in front of me, the one of Alison's Ambete and the one of a friend's Bwete. Whoops !
Sorry for that. Hereafter is the right message. Thank you.
Bonjour, Alison and Eduardo !
Africa is a huge puzzle and a collection of traditional artifacts demands a parallel collection of related books
and a lot of time reading and taking notes !
When starting a collection, here are the 3 basic helpful books that I would recommend :
1. BACQUART Jean-Baptiste "L'Art tribal d'Afrique Noire". An english version of this book exists.
2. SEGY Ladislas "African sculpture speaks"
3. BLACKMUN-VISONA / POYNOR / COLE / HARRIS : "A History of Art in Africa".
Names which are given to us by "men who can" as well as by books can be confusing and sometimes misleading. An item can be called by :
- the name of the community it comes from ;
- the name of a subgroup of this community
- the name of a region, a river..
- the name of its village... or the village where it was found (which does not mean that it originates from this village !)
- the name given to the item by its community.
Are you sure that the skull inside
your Ambete reliquary is an ape/monkey one ? For (as far as I read), these reliquaries are supposed to contain human bones.
The African world is a big ocean - and collectors are like divers : there is no end in discovering new fishes and species.
So, have a good dive
but beware of sharks !