The Japanese culture should be commended for their foreknowledge in giving “the celebration of imperfection” a proper name such as, Wabi-Sabi. I’d venture to say that in Africa imperfections were never openly celebrated, nor named. However, Wabi-Sabi, unbeknownst to all, has been alive and well on the continent of Africa for centuries.  Usually obtained unintentionally in the pursuit of creating handmade offerings and paying homage to; royalty, the spiritual world, harvests, battles and celebrating nature.

Today, a great percentage of the original African art can be seen in museums all over the world and impressive private art collections. Likewise these stunning art pieces are featured as furniture and home decor in residential as well as, commercial spaces.

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African Wooden Grave Markers (Kikangu)

For instance, the hand-carved African Bamileke stools, sought after by interior designers throughout the world, today, originated from Cameroon.  It was made for the King of the village to sit on during ceremonies, honouring the earth spider.

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1M Diam x 45 cm HBamileke Stool Hand-Carved From A Single Tree Stump.

Likewise, the people from Burkina Faso’s hand-carve wooden Bobo Masks resembles the spirts of animals such as: hawks and butterflies and are worn during ceremonies related to harvesting, burials and initiations.

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African Wood Hand-Carved Bobo Mask

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Natural wood finish Nupe Stools – Also available in multi coloured finish.

Furthermore, the Yoruba tribes from Western Africa, famed for their stunning handmade bead work. For example, their beaded armchairs and crowns, created exclusively for the use of the Yoruba’s Oba (royalty.)

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Yoruba Hand-beaded Armchairs.

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African Yoruba Beaded Crowns

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African Punu Tribal Masks – hand-carved out of wood and then beaded by hand.

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African Hand-carved Ashanti Stool