- Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
- The act of shaping, marking, or decorating wood, stone, or another material by cutting or incising, typically using tools such as chisels and other blades. It refers to this process as it is applied to small-scale objects or to objects that are not considered art. "Carving" may also be considered a sculpture technique that is employed in the creation of art.
- Styles and cultures from a wide region of Africa that straddles the Equator and is drained largely by the Congo River system.
- Objects believed to be enchanted, or have magical power to aid or protect its owner.
- Fine, soft, thick, hairy coat of a mammal, usually consisting of a double coat of hair that includes a layer of comparatively short, soft, curly barbed hair next to the skin, protected by longer, smoother, stiffer hair growing up through it.
- The hard-shelled fruits of any of various plants of the Cucurbitaceae family.
- Sculpture used to contain potent medicines that are associated with spiritual or healing power, often taking the form of carved wooden figures or assemblages of objects, such as bundles, shells, pots, and amulets. Originating in the Congo region of Africa, their use in divination, protection, and healing rites has been carried to Cuba, Haiti, Brazil, and the American South.
- Objects used for a particular ritual activity, often as part of a ceremony.
- Broadly, ceremonial objects that retain their sacredness in their present context. Sometimes defined more narrowly as only those needed by a present-day culture to practice their religion. For objects that are used primarily for a religious ceremony or function, but are not necessarily in themselves considered sacred, use "religious objects."