African wood carvings on display in Beijing

Updated 2018-12-14 12:04:00

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African art has inspired many acclaimed modern artists such as Pablo Picasso and Henry Matisse in the early 20th century.

But besides art, the continent also has a long and rich legacy of wood carving.

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Tree of Life, an exhibition at the National Museum of China which runs through Jan 21, festures a selection from the museum's collection of African wood carvings from countries such as Tanzania, Mozambique, Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and Benin.

The National Museum of China owns more than 300 African wood and bronze carvings, some dating back to ancient times.

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