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Africa before pre-colonosation was rich in tribal art, music and sculpture. The continent was thrown in to turmoil when slave traders mainly from the West and later from Middle East arrived disrupting hundreds of thousand years of a primevial society. Yet the art of music and sculpture survived in regions such as  Benin (Nigeria), Youruba, Ifi, Central Africa and other regions of Africa until the end of 19th century. West African cultures developed bronze casting for reliefs, like the famous Benin Bronzes, to decorate palaces and for highly naturalistic royal heads from around the Bini town of Benin City, Edo State, in terracotta as well as metal, from the 12th–14th centuries. Akan goldweights are a form of small metal sculptures produced over the period 1400–1900; some apparently represent proverbs, contributing a narrative element rare in African sculpture; and royal regalia included impressive gold sculptured elements.[7] Many West African figures are used in religious rituals and are often coated with materials placed on them for ceremonial offerings. The Mande-speaking peoples of the same region make pieces from wood with broad, flat surfaces and arms and legs shaped like cylinders. In Central Africa, however, the main distinguishing characteristics include heart-shaped faces that are curved inward and display patterns of circles and dots.
 
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