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Vodun: African Voodoo exhibition - picture preview

African Voodoo dolls - like those found in the Lake Ponchartrain cabin of my novel's character, Widow Paris.

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Amedeo Modigliani - Tête, 1911-1912. Tête is one of 27 known sculptures by Modigliani and was made between 1910 and 1912. The limestone head stands over 2 feet tall and depicts the head of a woman wearing a tribal mask with her hair swept back. Modigliani was clearly inspired by the geometric designs of African sculpture and the simplification of form evident in the work of his mentor Constantin Brâncuși. It is among the most expensive works of art ever sold.

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Is this not just one of the most beautiful heads? From Nigeria, dates to the 14th-16th centuries, now in the British Museum.

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