Tag Archives: Africa

2014: Interwoven with Others

In a 2014 study, Tanya Luhrmann found that when people hear voices in their heads, the personae and tone of those voices are shaped by culture; in the United States, the voices are threatening and severe, but in Africa and … Continue reading

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11th Century: Map of the World

This world map is from a 12th or 13th century copy of an anonymous 11th century Egyptian cosmology entitled The Book of Curiosities of the Sciences and Marvels for the Eyes. The book includes diagrams of celestial bodies as well … Continue reading

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1964: Books

Paul Strand: Anna Attinga Frafra, Acca, Ghana (1964)

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1805 BC: Game of Hounds and Jackals

A board game from the reign of Amenemhat IV (c. 1814–1805 BC) (source)

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331 BC: Jars

Limestone Canopic Jars (Ptolemaic Period, 332 – 31 BC). After mummification, the viscera of the individual were stored in jars for the afterlife: Duamatef—the jackal: the stomach. Hapy—the baboon: the lungs. Imsety—the human: the liver. Qebehsenuf—the falcon: the intestines. Click … Continue reading

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20th Century: Headdress

Igbo / Ekoi Cross River Headdress (early 20th c.) (source)

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3650 BC: A Bowl with Human Feet

Egypt – Bowl with Human Feet (ca. 3900–3650 BC) (source)

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