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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Out of Africa

What's It Wednesday #11

In Ghana, It is more important to think then to react. This sculpture of the profile of the thinker is a nice reminder. 

 This metal water carrier walks among the porcelain roses.

 This darling Blackamoor stands tall and proud. Blackamoor mean't dark skin. I can tell you it was love at first sight the day he and I met. He represents the lovely people of northern Africa and Southern Spain.


This lovely "Queen Mother" is very tall and has a place of prominence on the entertainment unit in the family room
 My favorite ebony sculpture is of the woman and the vessel of water. It is quite a delicate carving.


These West African weddings combs are so unique. The carving is quite intricate.



Ghanaians are known for their fertility sculptures. They range from wedding combs to a variety of statues. 


This old guy keeps me on my toes. He is a beautiful ebony carving with a marble base. He hails from Kenya and adds just the right touch on top of the refrigerator.

 This is a collection of carved canes from Kenya and Ghana. They make a real statement in the entry.


Finally, these five gentlemen interlock and are carved from one piece of wood. Amazing! They form the base for this side table. 


Thanks for touring Africa with us this week!

Hugs, 
Paula & Patti

And thank you all for participating in our 
"What's It Wednesday"  linky party!
Don't forget to grab a feature button.


Ivy and Elephants

Here are this week's features.

Blossoms Vintage Chic






Coastal-Colors

Housepitality Designs

My Old Historic House

Savannah Granny

Boogieboard Cottage

57 comments:

polkadotpeticoat said...

Wow you have such an amazing collection.....I'll join in tomorrow....I spent the afternoon watching Breakfast at Tiffany's....I love that movie...now I have 10minutes till the kids get off the bus!

It's All Connected said...

My favourite is the Queen Mother. They are all wonderful! ~ Maureen

Alycia Nichols said...

You have some really dynamite pieces goin' on there!!! Quite a collection!

Lynn at Cottage and Creek said...

I enjoyed my "tour" - your collection is just beautiful! Thanks for always sharing the history behind the objects. And thanks for hosting :)
Lynn

lvroftiques said...

Such a wonderful and meangingful collection! Ummm I could really use that first "thinker" statue...I really need the reminder to think more often, and use my mouth less so *winks*
I have long had blackamoors on my list of "wants em badly" Yours is wonderful! And I love the way you've displayed him!.....Speaking of displays...You have a nicer one on top of your fridge than I have anywhere in my house! *winks*
I'll be back tomorrow to join the partay...Vanna

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

What a great collection!! I have enjoyed my visit!! Thanks, ladies, for hosting such a great party each week! Glad to link up!

Jann Olson said...

Thanks for the wonderful tour. I enjoyed learning a bit about each piece. Now if I could only figure out how to get my waist that thin. lol! Really, I enjoyed your unique collection.
Hugs,
Jann

Julie Marie said...

Hello ladies... as always, a beautiful post!... and so informative... I especially love the carved canes... xoxo Julie Marie

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your collections amaze me. Such varied items. Thanks tons for sharing and for hosting. Hugs, Marty

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Thanks so much for hosting your party. I love your collection !!
I hope you have a wonderful week with your family.
XXOO Diane

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Since I'll probably never be fortunate enough to travel to Africa (my daughter was in Morocco last week!) I'll have to see it through your lovely collection. My favorite WAS the little figure in the bird cage and the comb with the two figures (I have twin daughters so it reminded me of how close they are!). Thanks for sharing another set of beautiful images from your collections!

Anne said...

Love this, and your beautiful blog! Would SO love to visit Africa!

Tracy said...

Beautiful sculptures! The table base is just an amazing piece of artwork and creativity, I would love to have a better look at it.

Shelia said...

Hi ladies! Oh, what wonderful pieces. It would be interesting to know where you find all of your treasures. Great features and thank you for hosting.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

What a beautiful collection of art!
The workmanship is simply amazing. Thank you so much for sharing..
Blessings,
Penny

Heaven's Walk said...

What a beautiful collection you two have! The intricate, detailed carving on those figures is just stunning! :)

xoxo laurie

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

My middle daughter also collects Blackamoor..You have a great collections my dear friends..I'm linked in again this weekk..I know don't fall over from a heart attack ha ha!! Love ya girls..Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

La Vie Quotidienne said...

There is absolutely no end to all of your wonderful collections ~ spectacular...such beautiful and elegant works of art.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi ladies, What a wonderful collection! I just linked up and thank you for hosting. Hugs, Sherry

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I love your collection and love learning about all of the meanings behind them. I especially love the wedding combs..so beautiful!..Thank you for hosting..I truly enjoy linking up each week and a big thank you for featuring my bird cage!

LDH said...

Another fun week of awesome links! Thank you for hosting!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

A wonderful collections. Thanks for sharing and thanks for hosting.

Rob Hunt said...

Great collection. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for hosting too.
Rob

Sherry said...

What beautiful collections you have. I like how you mix them pieces. Thank you for hosting!
Sherry

Johanna said...

Hi Patti and Paula,
your collection looks fantastic. Especially the combination of the various dark wood carvings seems mysterious and magical. You have compiled with the real expert's eye. Thanks for the tour of Africa. It would be so much to learn from this culture.
Best greetings, Johanna

Curtains in My Tree said...

I have gotten interested in the Blackamoor since you & My Old Hostoric House has shown them. I have seen them for years in high end antiques shops but was always looking for furniture and I have really missed out on some great ones.
The canes are very interesting as are the 5 gentlemen table that is really a good conversation piece
Your featured items are all wonderful

Danice said...

Thank you for sharing your Africa collection. I absolutely adore African art. The meanings behind the art are so interesting :)

The Tablescaper said...

What amazing carvings. Interesting that it's more important to think than to react.

- The Tablescaper

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Thanks for reminding me about your party~ linked up!! :)

SavannahGranny said...

OMG!! Thank you so much for featuring my little shelf. I am so honored to be considered.
I loved my tour of Africa. I enjoy all your tours whether they are geographical or historical and they always fascinating.
The Wedding Combs are amazing in their beauty and symbolism. I love the fellow on the fridge. He looks like the stern father watching over the giddy and mischievous little girls. Could that describe anyone we know? LOL!
Thanks again for the feature.
Blessings, Ginger

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Thank you for featuring my dresser! I'm so excited! I appreciate the opportunity to link! You are so kind to host!

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

I forgot to tell you how much I loved the tour of Africa! Just amazing!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Nice collection. Thanks for hosting.

Revi said...

Hello, Patti and Paula!
Thanks for hosting this great party!
-Revi

Chubby N Chieque said...

Hello Gorgeous Ladies,

TY a mill for coming to Stockholm and invite me to join your party.

Absolutely, loving in here. So warm and welcoming.

Happy mid-week to all.

Hugs,
/Chie

blossoms vintage chic said...

You girls are the sweetest! Thank you for your kindness and for featuring my post...it is truly appreciated.
You have such incredible collections...Thank you for sharing and for hosting (love the title)!
xx
Debbie

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Wonderful collection and thank you for hosting.

Blessings,
Linda

Sherry said...

The water carrier is a "stunner"! Thanks so much for hosting party.

Richard Cottrell said...

Another fun and educational post. I am sure I will never make it for real to Africa, so this is a next best thing. Thanks one thousand times also for featuring my blog, My Old Historic House, this week on your beautiful blog. It really means a lot to me and I only wish I could do more to show my appreciation. All my blogger friends are the best. Thanks again and again. happy Valentines Day.

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

I finally made it!

Cynthia said...

I love your African Art! Beautiful, beautiful pieces. Wow! Thanks for sharing your collection with us.

Cottage and Broome said...

The two of you have the best collections! Every piece was special but I really like the African wedding combs. Thanks for hosting again this week. Laura

retrorevival.biz said...

So happy I found your blog (from you finding mine). Now following you and looking forward to reading your future posts!

~Cindy

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hello there darling Patti!! Thank you for visiting me! Oh, what a wild year this has been for us at school; I am so tired and I just cannot keep up with comments and the things that I love to do outside of work! I LOVE THAT FIRST STATEMENT about the people of Ghana: TO THINK FIRST BEFORE YOU REACT. Oh how that is a life lesson for both young and old. THANK YOU for this beautiful post on a world that is practically never seen, at least in my circle of blogging. BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Anita

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

LOVE your collection! I actually have a small collection of the figures. My Grandfather was a wood carver and I appreciate the work that goes into each piece. Thanks for this fabulous linky day.
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Doll in the Looking Glass said...

Your pieces have such a rich history! A lovely post. Thanks for the invitation to join the What's It Wednesday linky party. I have added my most recent post.

Debra

June said...

These are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!! You have the most wonderful collections I have seen, ever! I love it when you are able to tell us about them and their roots. I love learning about the things that others collect. It part of the fascination. I always wonder what it is that makes us collect the things we do. Why we find something so interesting and beautiful that we must have it. I just know that when I see it...I always know. I get 'that' feeling. I;m sure you know exactly what I mean : )
Thank you for the sweetest note you left for me. It made my heart sing!!!
hugs from here...

Fete et Fleur said...

Another wonderful selection of posts! When my husband and I were first married, one of our gifts was an African fertility mask. My mother took charge of it when we moved from our home town. It was lovely just like your figures.

Wishing you both a beautiful weekend!
Nancy

Red Rose Alley said...

Do you know that I have always wanted to go to Africa? Their design is so interesting to me. The Blackamoor is such a character, and the wedding combs remind me of my girls. The Queen Mother is lovely, and the five gentlemen are so cool. I'm so glad that you came over to get my Valentine message. I truly did want the two of you to see it, as you are amazing women, as I mentioned in my note. Happy Valentine's Day to both of you special ladies. I really enjoyed your post today.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Shirley said...

Thank you for finding me and inviting me to join your lovely party. I'm now following and as soon as I have a quiet moment I will be looking further into your past's post's. What a lovely blog you both have..Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my Valentine's..
Kindredly,
Shirley

fiona anderson said...

Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog, and for following - following you back and joining the link party too !

The Summer Porch said...

Hello Ladies,
Your collection is beautiful, each piece with significant meaning! I particularly love the wedding combs. I had no idea you had a Wednesday Link up. If I post on Wednesday's I'll be sure to hook up!
Hugs Rosemary...xx

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

Beautiful collection!!! Thanks for the visit...I'm following too :) Laurel

Noelle said...

Really beautiful sculptures!! I was stopping by to say thank you for your kind words and to link up, but I'm too late!! :( Bummer!! Have a great Valentine's Day

Palomasea said...

These are all so beautiful, sweet friends! Exquisite workmanship, and I am so taken by the facial expressions..
Thank you so much for sharing this beauty.
Wishing you both a romantic and wonderful Valentine's Day!!
Hugs,
- Irina

Fete et Fleur said...

Happy Valentine's Day, ladies! Wishing you a romantic day filled with sweetness.

Hugs!
Nancy

Nezzy said...

I am just in awe of your fabulous collection but most of all I'm smitten with your Blackmoor fella. I can see why it was love at first sight.

....and that coffee table base, gorgeous!!!

Thanks for sharin' your beautiful treasures.

God bless and have a wonderful Valentine's Day sweetie!!! :o)

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