Interpretations of the human life cycle take many forms, including those offered by the fields of human development, biology, and perhaps most creatively, in the fields of visual culture and art. This lovely online exhibit from the Indianapolis Museum of Art explores this very topic as seen through the cultures of Africa and their various artistic traditions. The extremely aesthetically appealing interface presents four images that represent the different stages of life--ancestors, youth, adulthood, and leadership. Clicking on any of these brings the viewer into another section that contains a gallery and a glossary of terms. Each gallery features important African artifacts, such as figurines, headpieces, and paintings. As viewers click on each item, they are presented with information on the importance of each item, along with some material about the item in its original context. Designed for users of all ages, this exhibit is both visually appealing and worthy of several visits.
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