Art African ~ Parastone Sculptures

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About Parastone

First things first: there are no better Art African sculptures/figures than these Parastone figures anywhere. The attention to detail & the 3d effect breathes new life in the work of the masters.

Parastone was originally part of the famous Borzo art dealership which was founded in 1880 and it primarily specialised in restoring religious art. When, alongside the latter activity, an increasing number of sculptures were produced after own designs, it was decided – in 1963 – to found Parastone as an independent company.

For over 50 years now, Parastone has successfully designed decorative sculptures, partly of timeless classic beauty, partly aligned with current trends. The museum images entitled Mouseion constitute an important part of the collection. Alongside exact copies of important works of art, Mouseion also consists of three-dimensional interpretations of paintings and sketches by many artists ranging from Jheronimus Bosch to Salvador Dali.

Parastone is located in ’s-Hertogenbosch, a historic city in the Netherlands and the birthplace of famous Medieval painter Jheronimus Bosch.

African Art and Parastone: what a magical combination.


Art African ~ Sculpture Figurines

ART AFRICAN
Luba head rest (19th c.)

Luba head rest (19th c.) Parastone Sculpture

Sculpture

Superb. Part of the esteemed Parastone Mouseion 3D Collection of museum replicas and cultural artifacts.

Medium: Collectible quality resin with wood finish
Dimensions: h. 14 cm.
Condition: New in box
Date of Creation: 1990-Now
Origin: Europe
Manufactured by: Parastone Mouseion
Ref: AFR04

Included: Full color card with image of original artwork. Description card about artist and artwork. Both cards are in four languages.

Beautifully rendered and constructed of fine collectible quality resin.

The renowned Luba people live in a vast area in the South-east of the West African democratic republic of Congo. They have a martial, but also violent history of over 500 years. On the other hand, their artistic tradition is refined and harmonious. The Luba artist was a man of distinction, and could be recognized by a ceremonial axe which he always carried over his shoulders. A lot of attention was paid to the sculpting of the head rest. In daily life it protected the vulnerable ceremonial hairstyle, but its symbolic meaning went far beyond that. It reflected the owner's well-being and social prestige and it protected him against nightmares. The head rest was such an important and personal possession that it was often buried together with its deceased owner in his grave.

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As of 2014, I found that amazon now stock many of the Art African Parastone sculptures. As it is impossible to compete with their buying power you may well find the sculpture cheaper there. I have put links to their US site below which will take you to their Art African sculpture pages.

If I can ever compete with their prices then I will stock them again as I do love these sculptures and they deserve to be owned by as many people as possible. I also miss those conversations with fellow Parastone admirers who are adding a sculpture or starting a collection. For now it's enough to present them as beautifully as I possibly can or am able to do.

Try: amazon.com (direct link)

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ART AFRICAN
Bangwa Anyi (early 19th C.)

Bangwa Anyi (early 19th C.) Parastone Sculpture

Sculpture

Superb. Part of the esteemed Parastone Mouseion 3D Collection of museum replicas and cultural artifacts.

Medium: Collectible quality resin
Dimensions: h. 17 cm.
Condition: New in box
Date of Creation: 1990-Now
Origin: Europe
Manufactured by: Parastone Mouseion
Ref: AFR01

Included: Full color card with image of original artwork. Description card about artist and artwork. Both cards are in four languages.

Collectible quality resin with hand-painted details, wood finish.

The Bangwa live in the grass savannah area in the northwest of Cameroon. They are a small trikbe which is part of the large ethnic group of the Bamileke. The skilful; Bangwa woodcutters are famous for their horrifying masks for the “Brotherhood of the night”. The touching figurine embodies the mother of twins, an “Anyi”. As such, she can be rcognized by her special hairstyle, her necklace made of the teeth of a panther (which she has turned on her back) and her bracelets. Her sitting pose and the decorated stool indicate she belongs to an important family. When a woman gives birth to twins she is assigned an almost godlike status. As Anyi she receives valuable necklaces with beads and two riutal mugs. Special wooden figurines are cut in honour of herself and her husband (the Tanyi). The Anyi dances at parties and funerals and leads riutals to beg fertility from the earth. By waving a branch of the tree of peace (the Dracaena or the Dragon’s Blood Tree) she can reconcile fighting parties.

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As of 2014, I found that amazon now stock many of the Art African Parastone sculptures. As it is impossible to compete with their buying power you may well find the sculpture cheaper there. I have put links to their US site below which will take you to their Art African sculpture pages.

If I can ever compete with their prices then I will stock them again as I do love these sculptures and they deserve to be owned by as many people as possible. I also miss those conversations with fellow Parastone admirers who are adding a sculpture or starting a collection. For now it's enough to present them as beautifully as I possibly can or am able to do.

Try: amazon.com (direct link)

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ART AFRICAN
Zulu spoon (late 19th C.)

Zulu spoon (late 19th C.) Parastone Sculpture

Sculpture

Superb. Part of the esteemed Parastone Mouseion 3D Collection of museum replicas and cultural artifacts.

Medium: Collectible quality resin with wood finish
Dimensions: h. 35 cm.
Condition: New in box
Date of Creation: 1990-Now
Origin: Europe
Manufactured by: Parastone Mouseion
Ref: AFR02

Included: Full color card with image of original artwork. Description card about artist and artwork. Both cards are in four languages.

Beautifully rendered and constructed of fine collectible quality resin.

Historically, the African culture knows a great variety of the most fantastically sculpted spoons. These were only used at special occasions. Normally one ate with the (right) hand, but during a festive meal or a ceremony the spoon was used to share the food which was sometimes sacred. According to Zulu-custom, the cutting of a spoon was a men's privilege. The spoon was kept in a basket which was woven by women. The spoon had a great symbolic value. For example, a young bride was not allowed to share a meal with her husband, before her family had exchanged a goat with the groom's family. This animal was named 'the goat of the spoon' because the bride received a spoon at the same time.

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As of 2014, I found that amazon now stock many of the Art African Parastone sculptures. As it is impossible to compete with their buying power you may well find the sculpture cheaper there. I have put links to their US site below which will take you to their Art African sculpture pages.

If I can ever compete with their prices then I will stock them again as I do love these sculptures and they deserve to be owned by as many people as possible. I also miss those conversations with fellow Parastone admirers who are adding a sculpture or starting a collection. For now it's enough to present them as beautifully as I possibly can or am able to do.

Try: amazon.com (direct link)

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ART AFRICAN
Eket Ibibio marionette

Eket Ibibio marionette Parastone Sculpture

Sculpture

Superb. Part of the esteemed Parastone Mouseion 3D Collection of museum replicas and cultural artifacts.

Medium: Collectible quality resin
Dimensions: h. 15 cm.
Condition: New in box
Date of Creation: 1990-Now
Origin: Europe
Manufactured by: Parastone Mouseion
Ref: AFR05

Included: Full color card with image of original artwork. Description card about artist and artwork. Both cards are in four languages.

Collectible quality resin with hand-painted details, wood finish.

The Ibibio people live in South-eastern Nigeria between the delta and the Cross River. The southern part of the area is inhabited by the Eket Ibibio. The ekon society plays and important social role in the Ibibio’s daily life. Once every seven years, the ekon organises an expansive music and theatre festival. Wooden puppets are hereby used as marionettes. The loose arms are connected to the body using a nail thereby enabling movement. As is the case with other sculptures made by the Ibibio, they are characterised by rounded shapes and a long row of bared teeth.

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As of 2014, I found that amazon now stock many of the Art African Parastone sculptures. As it is impossible to compete with their buying power you may well find the sculpture cheaper there. I have put links to their US site below which will take you to their Art African sculpture pages.

If I can ever compete with their prices then I will stock them again as I do love these sculptures and they deserve to be owned by as many people as possible. I also miss those conversations with fellow Parastone admirers who are adding a sculpture or starting a collection. For now it's enough to present them as beautifully as I possibly can or am able to do.

Try: amazon.com (direct link)

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ART AFRICAN
Asante fertility figurine (19th C.)

Asante fertility figurine (19th C.) Parastone Sculpture

Sculpture

Superb. Part of the esteemed Parastone Mouseion 3D Collection of museum replicas and cultural artifacts.

Medium: Collectible quality resin
Dimensions: h. 21 cm.
Condition: New in box
Date of Creation: 1990-Now
Origin: Europe
Manufactured by: Parastone Mouseion
Ref: AFR03

Included: Full color card with image of original artwork. Description card about artist and artwork. Both cards are in four languages.

Collectible quality resin with hand-painted details, wood finish.

The Asante sculptures are famous for their figurines of women, knows as “Akua’ba”. They are usually between 20 to 40 centimetres in height and have a big, round flat head on a stylized body. This shape fits the ideal of feminine beauty of the Akan women: a high, flat forehead, a small mouth and a long neck. The Akan people attribute supernatural powers to the sacred figurine. It stimulates the female fertility and helps to conquer infertility. Women carry it with them at all times and treat it like a real child. When the figurine has proven its worth it is added to the house altar. The small incisions in the face are meant to protect the child against the fits.

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As of 2014, I found that amazon now stock many of the Art African Parastone sculptures. As it is impossible to compete with their buying power you may well find the sculpture cheaper there. I have put links to their US site below which will take you to their Art African sculpture pages.

If I can ever compete with their prices then I will stock them again as I do love these sculptures and they deserve to be owned by as many people as possible. I also miss those conversations with fellow Parastone admirers who are adding a sculpture or starting a collection. For now it's enough to present them as beautifully as I possibly can or am able to do.

Try: amazon.com (direct link)

Links

Parastone: About Parastone >> All Art African Sculptures/Figures >> Luba head rest (19th c.) >> Bangwa Anyi (early 19th C.) >> Zulu spoon (late 19th C.) >> Eket Ibibio marionette >> Asante fertility figurine (19th C.)

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