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British Museum. AFRICAN TRIBAL SCULPTURE 39 of dead kings. The spirit of the living king's immediate predecessor had to be pleased and placated at all costs, since the Bini feared his wrath and relied on his supernatural aid for the well-being of the kingdom. The art of the Benin was made from the late thirteenth century into the nineteenth century: of the three main periods of FIG. 4. Head of a queen mother; Benin Bronze; sixteenth century. British Museum. development, the middle produced the finest work.

Shapes and lines of Mochica paintings, particularly in figures, have a sprightly quality which gives an effect of movement and life. These paintings, like others of the same subject, suggest that it was customary for victorious warriors to AMERINDIAN ART 55 strip prisoners of all their clothes and weapons as booty. In general the Chimu who were to follow owe much to the example of Moche attainments. D. 300 and 900, but with certain interesting elements of their own. First of all, it is surprising that the Mayan city states grew in that part of Mexico since the climate is humid and unhealthy, the vegetation over-lush and the resources of the land are poor.

There are also small stylised animals carved in bone and horn, often with a delightful sense of design. FIG. 1. Lespugue Venus; Aurignacian. Saint-Germain. FIG. 2. Willendorf Venus; Aurignacian. Naturhistorisches Museum. Vienna. The first signs of drawing are seen in the engraved parallel lines called meanders which have been found on the walls of caves such as those at Lascaux. Possibly the habit of making patterns in the sand with a finger, a common habit with children to this day, or the example of the parallel scratches of cave bears sharpening their claws, may have inspired this beginning of pictorial art.

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