“African art calls to our minds the graceful antelope headpieces of the Bambara, the baroque bronze queens of Benin, the mysterious masks of the Dogon. African art evokes the creative discovery of tribal sculpture, during the first decade of this century, by Picasso, Matisse, Derain, Vlaminck, who found in the powerful styles of Black Africa a confirmation of their passionate aesthetic researches which eventually led to cubism. But the urge for beauty, the pursuit of form as an aim in itself, is not restricted in Africa to statues, engravings, and paintings: it is to be found also in the adornments of the body.” A quest of beauty in Dahomey, Jacques Maquet.