For children, play is a way to project their future social role. Traditionally, Africa, the slingshot can practice hunting, dolls prepare to be a mother. But in Africa, the same objects are sometimes used by adults. The "toys" to load defaults and then become ritual objects decorated accordingly. They are then intended to deal with the spirits of the afterlife that are everywhere. It is true of "dolls" made by women who want a child. These dolls are the subject of fertility care. They are fed, washed, transported like real babies. Thus, among the Mossi, the biga is increased until birth and care she receives before the newborn. Among the Yoruba, the child timber is filled with the spirit of the model. The Ibeji, representing the twin died? is also the object of attentive care of the mother. She takes care throughout his life, and female offspring of mothers who receive the ibeji legacy, continued to provide care. The child remains well among his own people.
Time of my youth, I played with soldiers and my sister a doll. Today's children spend their time to explode, but virtually hard, thousands of invaders and girls bêtifient even before their Barbie dolls. The spirit remains the same. Yesterday also in Africa, children playing were preparing for their future role in the community. Slings allowed to practice hunting birds or small animals, dolls prepare to be a mother. But in Africa, the spirits of the afterlife are everywhere and should be respected. The "toys" will then load default values and become ritual objects that adults will pay attention. It is true of "dolls" made by women who want a child. These dolls are the subject of fertility care. They are fed, washed, worn like real babies. The Ibeji, representation of the deceased twin, is also the object of attentive care of the mother. She takes care throughout his life, and female offspring of mothers who received an inheritance ibeji, continued to provide care. The child remains in the midst of his own. The child of timber is filled with the spirit of the model.
While this is modest objects, they were often carved with talent. To their creators, their function is paramount and remains independent of the quality of construction but the beauty is consistent with the meaning and justification that are ultimately more than they seem. To Western eyes, especially that of the collector, their aesthetic quality premium ethnological interest. The variety of works that speak of yet in traditional canon is a fairly strict wonder. Abstraction is widely tapped. The emphasis on certain details, such as hair, navel, orifices, breasts and the absence or extreme simplification of elements such as arms and legs, sometimes even the face, gives the object a character Modernist undeniable.
EXHIBITION: "Mind Games>> January 2006 - A look at toys collector of Black Africa
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