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AFRICAN ART

The African collection focuses on art from sub-Saharan West Africa with particular strength in figurative works from Yoruba, Benin, and Mende people. Masks, jewelry, textiles, goldweights, furniture, figural sculpture, and regalia highlight the diversity of artistic expression throughout the continent. Rich with objects from the 19th and 20th centuries, the collection is also supplemented with ancient works of terracotta and bronze. Of particular interest is a Bamileke beaded elephant mask, a Bamana Equestrian Puppet, and an Ejagham emblem made of animal skulls and horns. In addition to significant early purchases made by the Museum, 66% of the African collection is comprised of gifts from St. Louis businessman and philanthropist Morton D. May.

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Art of Africa

Related Programs

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The African collection focuses on art from sub-Saharan West Africa with particular strength in figurative works from Yoruba, Benin, and Mende people. Masks, jewelry, textiles, goldweights, furniture, figural sculpture, and regalia highlight the diversity of artistic expression throughout the continent. Rich with objects from the 19th and 20th centuries, the collection is also supplemented with ancient works of terracotta and bronze. Of particular interest is a Bamileke beaded elephant mask, a Bamana Equestrian Puppet, and an Ejagham emblem made of animal skulls and horns. In addition to significant early purchases made by the Museum, 66% of the African collection is comprised of gifts from St. Louis businessman and philanthropist Morton D. May.

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Related Programs

Highlights from the African Collections
Gallery Talk. Meet at the Information Center. Free.
Thursday, October 10, 11:00 am
Friday, October 11, 6:00 pm

Join Kevin Dumouchelle, Associate Curator, Arts of Africa and the Pacific Islands, Brooklyn Museum of Art, for a lively and informative discussion.