TERA Gallery - African Art and Antiquities

"Altering The Way You View The World Of Art"
 
BELIEFS & RITUALS
Beliefs and rituals, gods and spirits, cults and secret societies all use art as an
integral part of their practices. From small face masks to large elaborate
superstructures, extravagant headdresses to graceful alter pieces, these
masterfully created works of art are created and used in spiritual celebrations and
ceremonies by diverse societies throughout Africa.  Whether carved from wood,
hand forged from metal, or beaded by hand, each piece in the collection reveals an
essential part of these diverse artistic traditions, and embodies for its maker and its
owner a meaning and stimulates a memory of its prior use. When coupled with
other art forms such as storytelling and dance, these objects reinforce the past and
determine the future in the African community.