Museum Quality pieces in our Gallery represent pieces of unusual quality
or rarity. Needless to say, much of our choice for inclusion here
is of a subjective nature. After all, what objective standards can
be applied to art appreciation generally? Within the African cultures,
there was not aesthetic, functional and morphological divisions
to which we are accustomed. Indeed, there does not really exist
a term for "art" in the various African languages.
For example, in the Akan language the terms for art, architecture,
and crafts are generically referred to as hand thought.
Since most of the African art was dedicated to the life-affirming
activities of humankind, our classifications do not apply. Some
appreciation of the culture is necessary, but application of the
standards in art appreciation of which we are most familiar is necessarily
operative in our choice of these pieces. We, at Art Of West Africa
have already responded to these forms on a combination of emotional
and intellectual levels. We offer no guarantees that your response
will be the same.