Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Art History at the MET is WHAT'S GOOD IN NYC

one of the best Art History sources in NYC is at
the Metropolitan Museum of Art where you can enjoy
art history, studying cultures through art objects,
and finding massive inspirations.
We captured some interesting Ancient Egyptian & African Art,
including Tribe objects that representing their cultures, 
ENJOY art History through What's Good in NYC...
The outer coffin of Henettawy is made of wood
covered with white gesso. She is shown with arms
crossed on her chest, wearing a plain tripartite wig 
with two side locks. The figures on the lid and coffin 
are exceptionally large; both they and the inscriptions
were varnished, leaving the background white. Two 
groups of graffiti are drawn in black and brown ink on
the inside surface of the lid : freehand drawings of 
animals and of human and animal faces, and some lines
in hieratic that read " Begining of the instructions..",
This is the traditional opening formula for the didactic
writings known as "wisdom literature".

Dynasty 20, reign of Ramesses XI (1113-1085 B.C.)
The two coffins of Amenemope are very similar in 
shape and decoration. The lid shows a well-modeled
face and the curved beard of the dead. The exposed 
hands are holding emblematic symbols. The body is
relatively slim and the kneecaps protuberant. 
The figural decoration on the outside is in miniature
and very well executed. The most important part of 
the decoration is the painting inside the box, centered 
around a mummified figure of the deified Amenhotpe I.
In their poly chrome palette and minute details, these
paintings are equal to the best of the known tomb paintings.


Zoomorphic helmet masks, the most prestigious
and powerful masks worn by the Senufo men's 
Poro society members, are worn at funerals of 
important elders. The masks' aggressive attributes-jaw
and teeth like crocodile's, horns like the great 
antelope's, and tusks like the warthog's--express the
supernatural powers they embody. The primary function
of the masquerade is to protect the community against
evil; the powers of the masks are directed against human
lawbreakers and malevolent spirits.

material : Aluminum & copper wire & Metal recycled from
liquor bottle caps.
This work by an African master of international renown is a highly
original creation that constitutes a response to a classical form of 
expression. It is a powerful assertion of the vitality of contemporary
expression in Africa and the continuity that exists with the historical
legacy. The series of works "Between Earth and Heaven" refer to the 
celebrated West African traditions of strip-woven textiles, namely 
that of kente developed by Akan and Ewe weavers in Anatsui's native 

Lidded Saltcellar :
Sierra Leone, Sapi-Portuguese
Sapi peoples / 15th -16th century
Material : Ivory (hand carved)

Saltcellar : Portuguese Figures
Nigeria, Bini-Portuguese,
Edo Peoples / Late 15th -16th century
Material : Ivory

Nigeria, Yoruba peoples
19th-20th century
Material : Cotton, beads, bone, wood

the early age of Jewelry; Pair of Bracelets
Nigeria, Kingdom of Benin
Edo peoples / 19th century
Material : ivory, wood, coconut shell

Carved Altar Tusk & Head of an Oba : 
Nigerial, Kingdom of Benin
Edo peoples / 18th-19th century
Material : (carved) ivory, Brass (head) and iron.
"In honoring the royal ancestors, the cast-brass heads
refer to the special role of the head in directing not only
the body but also a person's success in life. Taken further, 
the welfare of the entire kingdom depends upon the king's
head, which is itself the object of worship. The placement 
of brass heads on the ancestral altar is a vivid reminder of
the oba's role in successfully guiding the kingdom through-
out this reign."

DANCE PADDLE : Austral Islands Carving; 1820-40
the Artist of the Austral Island, situated south of Tahiti,
known for the sophistication of their woodcarving. 
In the early 1800s and possibly earlier, artists on the islands
of Ra'ivavae and Taupua'i created distinctive paddle or scoop-
shaped implements whose surfaces are adorned with incised 
designs of astounding complexity. There is virtually no information
about their nature of use. Some resemble function canoe paddles or
bowls, but their size, proportions, and delicacy would have rendered
them unsuitable for practical purposes.

ROOF FINIALS (Yaba) ; Ceiling for a Ceremonial House
Kwoma people, Togwindjam village, Papua New Guinea.
Mid-20th century
Material : Wood & Paint

Canoe & Paddles (Wood, paint, & fiber)
Asmat people, Per Village, New Guinea, Papua Province, Indonesia.

Asmat Bis Poles (carved wood, paint & fiber)
Asmat people, New Guinea , Papua / 1960s
The most spectacular sculptures of the Asmat people of Southwest New Guinea
are the ancestor poles known as bis.
Made only in a limited area of the Asmat region, bis poles were, and are,
created as the focal points of a memorial feast that honors
individuals who have died recently and become ancestors.
Each figure on the poles represents and is named for a specific individual. 
In the past, the poles also reminded the living that the dead must be avenged.