An African Painted and carved Wood Shield , Mongo Region

An African Painted and carved Wood Shield , Mongo Region

1900 to 2000 Mongo Region , Democratic republic of Kongo

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An African Painted and carved Wood Shield , Mongo Region , Democratic republic of Kongo
Early 20 th Century

Size : 132cm long , 24 cm wide – 52 ins long , 9½ ins wide
The affinities between tribal art and modern art are evident in looking at this shield . Primitivism began to appear in western art in the late 19 th century . Gauguin declared in the 1890's 'The great error is the Greek , however beautiful it may be'
The sculpture and art of many famous artists , Picasso , Arp , Brancusi , Giacometti , Modigliani , Henry Moore , to name but a few , owes an enormous debt to 'Primitive Art' .
Dimensions
Height 132.00 cm (51.97 inches)
Medium
wood and paint
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