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Modigliani was encouraged to sculpt by Brancusi. He made about thirty stone carvings before poverty and ill-health forced him to stop. These...

Modigliani was encouraged to sculpt by Brancusi. He made about thirty stone carvings before poverty and ill-health forced him to stop. These...

Africa | Zakpai mask from the Dan people | Wooden face with round pierced eyes with metal rings over a red fabric around eyes, protruding pierced lips and attachment of braided coiffure and beard.  ||  Zakpai masks are used to enforce fire prevention. The wearer monitors bonfires and punishes those whose bad practices endangers the village

Africa | Zakpai mask from the Dan people | Wooden face with round pierced eyes with metal rings over a red fabric around eyes, protruding pierced lips and attachment of braided coiffure and beard. || Zakpai masks are used to enforce fire prevention. The wearer monitors bonfires and punishes those whose bad practices endangers the village

This is a reconstruction of what the original Venus of Brassempouy may have looked like.   The artist has imagined a heavy net over the hair, giving the effect of both a hat and braided hair.   Artist: Illustration © Libor Balák  Photo: http://www.iabrno.cz/agalerie/gravett.htm

This is a reconstruction of what the original Venus of Brassempouy may have looked like. The artist has imagined a heavy net over the hair, giving the effect of both a hat and braided hair. Artist: Illustration © Libor Balák Photo: http://www.iabrno.cz/agalerie/gravett.htm

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