By Mary Nooter Roberts
University of California, Los Angeles
Animals provide apt metaphors for leadership and power in African thought and expressive culture. The representation of an animal can empower a hunter or evoke the authority of a king. Regalia frequently depict animals in scenes of domination, such as a leopard eating an antelope; these images are intended to declare a king's might. In other cases, animal imagery refers to a state of liminality.