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Art: Ancient Ife

Art: Ancient Ife

Africans believed that the creative-source in nature and human culture were two completely different developments. Africans did not wish to offend nature by trying to imitate creation. They consider it an insult to do so. The human mission was to advance culture not creation. Nok civilization around 300 BC began using the cultural geometric volumes of sphere cylinder and cone to portray the human figure. When Yoruba emigrants from the Nile valley moved into the region they continued using those same shapes to create an illusion of human likeness. - C. L. Clark

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