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The Kuba Kingdom: Bwoom Helmet Mask

The Kuba Kingdom: Bwoom Helmet Mask

The Bwoom, one of the three royal masks, holds a significant place in the cultural heritage of the Kuba people residing in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with its origins dating back to the seventeenth century. This ancient mask is a central figure in various ceremonial events, embodying distinct characteristics.
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Benin Bronze: The History, The Meaning and The Magnitude

Benin Bronze: The History, The Meaning and The Magnitude

The original Benin Bronzes were crafted by specialized guilds serving the royal court of the Oba (king) in Benin City, now part of Nigeria. They included intricately adorned cast plaques, commemorative heads, animal and human figures, royal regalia, and personal ornaments.
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Big Buy at Africa Direct

Big Buy at Africa Direct

A delightful trader arrived with a truck brimming with one-of-a-kind goods, handpicked by Elizabeth for our store. Among the treasures are top-notch Asafo flags, a rarity we've been longing for. Our collection also boasts an array of wooden bowls, throwing knives, trade beads, and textiles, including exquisite white mudcloths and striking indigo fabrics.
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African Art

African Art

For African communities, African art and trade beads are used as a way of conveying these sentiments, while also serving as a way to express entertainment, political values and ideological views. This is what makes African art and trade beads so special. Each piece of African art is unique and holds a world of history and cultural significance. That is why, today African art has become highly collectible throughout the world.
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Bamileke

Bamileke

The Bamileke are an enormous culture, part of the so-called "Grasslands" group, who are spread widely over large parts of western Cameroon. Though there are many smaller groups, the Bamileke, Bamun, and Bamenda-Tikar are dominant. 
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