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Department: Africa
Results: 365 items

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Fetish figure
Luba people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Hand cross
Sidamo people, Ethiopia

Hand cross
Sidamo people, Ethiopia

Fertility amulet wall panel
Borana people, Kenya

Bandolier
Kikuyu people, Kenya

Bag for personal jewellery (olbene)
Maasai people, Kenya

Bag for personal jewellery (olbene)
Maasai people, Kenya

Mask (n’tomo)
Bamana people, Mali

Funerary vessel
Bura people, Niger

Ceremonial yam harvest mask
Afikpo people, Nigeria

Genuflecting Figure
Nok people, Nigeria

Assemblage honoring the god Eshu
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Diviner’s bag
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Ceremonial beer pot
Zulu people, South Africa

Funerary Post
Belanda people, Sudan

Chief's ceremonial blanket
Uganda

Belt
Maasai people, Kenya

Divination bowl (agere ifa)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Headrest
Pokot people, Kenya

Mbra cult monkey figure (gbekre)
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

Headdress (tji wara)
Bamana people, Mali

Mask for protection against witchcraft
Bini people, Nigeria

Chieftain’s ceremonial chair
Chokwe people, Angola

Pair of figures (bateba)
Lobi people, Burkina Faso

Maternity figure
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

Ideal female figure (lu me)
Dan people, Cote d'Ivoire

Spirit of Gu mask
Guro people, Cote d'Ivoire

Poro society initiation mask (kepeli-yehe)
Senufo people, Cote d'Ivoire

Female reliquary guardian figure (byeri)
Fang people, Gabon

Reliquary figure on a lid (byeri)
Fang people, Gabon

Ngil society mask
Fang people, Gabon

Reliquary guardian figure (mbulu ngulu)
Kota people, Gabon

Funerary female spirit mask (okuyi)
Lumbo-Punu people, Gabon

Reliquary guardian figure (bwiti)
Mahongwe people, Gabon

Mask (mvudi)
Aduma or Mbete people, Gabon and Congo

Head (mma)
Akan people, Ghana

Fertility doll (akua’ba)
Asante people, Ghana

N’tomo society mask
Bamana people, Mali

Tji wara headdress (female oryx antelope type)
Bamana people, Mali

Hogon equestrian statue
Dogon people, Mali

Ritual granary trough
Dogon people, Mali

Seated mother-goddess cult figure
Jenne-Jeno area, Mali

Champion cultivator’s staff (te fali pitya)
Senufo people, Mali or Cote d’Ivoire

Plaque pendant
Edo people, Benin, Nigeria

Ceremonial rain-making shoulder mask (sukwava)
Wurkun people, Benue River area, Nigeria

Idealized head of a high-ranking figure
Yoruba people, Ife-Ife kingdom, Nigeria

Artist: Bambgose of Osi Ilorin (died: ca. 1920)

Ancestor figure (bavong tchitchiri)
Moba people, Togo

Comb
Chokwe people, Angola

Medicine vessel
Gurunsi people, Burkina Faso

Antelope headpiece (wango-nyaka)
Mossi people, Burkina Faso

Cermonial mask
Nuna (Gurunsi) people, Burkina Faso

Bush cow mask
Nuna (Gurunsi) people, Burkina Faso

Throne
Bamileke people, Cameroon

Seated figure
Bamileke people, Cameroon

Leopard headpiece
Bamileke people, Cameroon, Southern Grasslands

Kuosi society elephant mask
Bamileke people, Cameroon, Southern Grasslands

Reliquary guardian figures (byeri)
Fang people, Ngumba people, Cameroon

Mask
Kom people, Cameroon

Herald's mask (mabu)
Wum or Bafum people, Northern Grasslands, Cameroon

Necklace
Aboisso people, Cote d'Ivoire

Necklace
Adioukrou people, Cote d'Ivoire

Pendant mask
Adioukrou people, Cote d'Ivoire

Necklace
Adioukrou people, Cote d'Ivoire

Female figure
Anyi people, Cote d'Ivoire

Pendant mask
Attie people, Cote d'Ivoire

Crocodile pendant
Attie people, Cote d'Ivoire

Pendant
Attie people, Cote d'Ivoire

Pendant
Attie people, Cote d'Ivoire

Female figure
Attie people, Cote d'Ivoire

Comb
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

Male spirit-spouse (blolo-bian)
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

Ritual mallet (laoure)
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

Mouse divination pot
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

Youthful spirit mask (Kple kple)
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

Female figure (sika blawa)
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

House or granary window shutter with carving of an ancestor's head
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

Granary door
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

Mask representing Youth (kple kple)
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

Senior male mask (goli glen) in the shape of a bushcow or buffalo
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

Female spirit-spouse (blolo bla)
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

Male figure
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

Mask
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

Female figure (blolo bla)
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

Maternity figure
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

Pendant
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

Female mask (kifwebe)
Songye people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Pendant
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

Pendant
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

Pendant
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

Pendant
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

Pendant
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

Pendant
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

Female figure (blolo bla)
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

Female figure (blolo bla)
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

Chief's staff
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

Mask
Dan people, Cote d'Ivoire

Ritual and War Mask
Guerre people, Cote d'Ivoire

Mask (gu)
Guro people, Cote d'Ivoire

Mask
Kulango people, Cote d'Ivoire

Seated female figure
Senufo people, Cote d'Ivoire

Firespitter helmet mask (kponyugo)
Senufo people, Cote d'Ivoire

Mask
Senufo people, Cote d'Ivoire

Ancestor figure in masquerade with two-faced firespitter helmet mask
Senufo people, Cote d'Ivoire

Seated ancestor mother figure
Senufo people, Kurhogo Region, Côte d'Ivoire

Woman’s protective amulet
Bahuana people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Man’s protective amulet
Bahuana people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ancestor figure
Basikasingo people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Initiation mask
Bembe people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Mask
Bembe people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Spoon
Lega people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Funerary helmet mask (mulala)
Biombo people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Elderly nobleman’s mask (cihongo)
Chokwe people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ancestral Figure (singiti)
Hemba people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Male ancestor figure (singiti)
Hemba people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Funerary monkey mask
Hemba people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ceremonial mask
Kete people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Hand cross
Sidamo people, Ethiopia

Tomb figure in prayer position (ntadi)
Kongo people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Nail fetish (muserongo)
Kongo people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Helmet mask (mwashamboy)
Kuba Bushoong people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Dance mask (bwoom): “the evil hydrocephalic prince”
Kuba Bushoong people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Helmet mask
Kuba people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Pipe-head
Kuba people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Mask
Kono or Guerze people, Guinea

Ritual palm wine mug
Kuba people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Gun powder flask
Kuba people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Camwood powder container
Kuba people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Cup
Kuba people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Cup
Kuba people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Female ancestor figure
Kuyu people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Hat (bwami)
Lega people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Hand mask
Lega people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Mask (luk’wakongo)
Lega people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ceremonial Bwami society figure
Lega people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Spoon
Lega people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ceremonial Staff (kibango)
Luba people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ceremonial axe (kibiki or kasolwa)
Luba people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Nobleman’s caryatid stool (kihona)
Luba-Hemba people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Policing society mask (kifwebe)
Luba-Hemba people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Protective female fertility figure (lupinga lua luimpe)
Luluwa people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Knife
Mangbetu people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Honey container
Mangbetu people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Panel
Borana people, Kenya

Infant's hood
Mangbetu people, Lugbara, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Mask (kibwabwabwa)
Mbagani Kete people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Anthropomorphic coffin
Ngata people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Female figure (Naho, messenger of the Supreme Being, Gale)
Ngbaka people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Stool
Pende people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Mask (mbuya)
Pende people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Chief's mask (pumbu ya mfumu)
Pende people, Kasai River area, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Chieftain’s mask (pumbu ya mfumu)
Pende people, Kasai River area, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Fetish figure
Songye people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Mask (kifwebe)
Songye people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Power Figure
Songye people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Male power figure
Suku people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ancestor spirit power figure (biteki)
Suku people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Standing janiform ritual figure
Suku people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Power figure (butti)
Teke people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Kidumu society mask
Teke people, Northern Tsaye group, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Cup
Wongo people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Personal fetish figure
Yaka people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Power figure (biteki)
Yaka people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Protective fertility figure (yanda)
Zande people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Mother and child figure
Lwena people, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, and Zambia

Processional Jerusalem cross
Ethiopia

Head sculpture
Axum people, Ethiopia

Oil or water receptacle
Axum people, Ethiopia

Ossuary
Axum people, Ethiopia

Hand cross
East Ethiopia

Hairpin
Ethiopia

Miracles of Mary manuscript
Gondar region, Ethiopia

Headrest
Kaffa area (?), Ethiopia

Headrest
Kaffa area (?), Ethiopia

Grave marker (Waaga)
Konso people, Ethiopia

Male headdress
Mursi people, Ethiopia

Bread or lunch basket
Oromo people, Ethiopia

Bread basket or “lunch basket”
Oromo people, Ethiopia

Anklet
Sidamo people, Ethiopia

Harp (ngombi)
Fang people, Gabon

Helmet mask
Fang people, Gabon

Female reliquary guardian figure (byeri)
Fang people, Gabon

Helmet mask (ngontang)
Fang people, Gabon

Torque
Fang people, Gabon

Reliquary guardian figure (mbulu ngulu)
Kota people, Franceville district, Gabon

Helmet mask (emboli or mbuto)
Kota people, Gabon

Reliquary guardian figure (mbulu ngulu)
Kota people, Gabon

Ceremonial throwing knife
Kota-Fang people, Gabon

Head cover
Luo people, Kenya

Reliquary guardian figure (mbulu ngulu)
Mahongwe- Kota people, Gabon

Reliquary guardian figure
Mbete people, Gabon

Female figure
Punu people, Gabon

Reliquary guardian figure (mbulu ngulu)
Shamaye people, Gabon

Reliquary guardian figure (mbulu ngulu)
Shamaye people, Gabon

Female figure
Shira-Punu people, Gabon

Comb
Akan people, Ghana

Memorial head
Akan people, Ghana

Funerary head
Anyi people, Ghana

Fertility doll (akuaba)
Asante people, Ghana

Adinkra cloth stamp
Asante people, Ghana

Adinkra cloth stamp
Asante people, Ghana

Soul-washer’s disk (akrafokunmu)
Asante people, Ghana

Adinkra cloth stamp
Asante people, Ghana

Adinkra cloth stamp
Asante people, Ghana

Cloth (kente)
Asante people, Ghana

Comb
Asante people, Ghana

Necklace
Asante people, Ghana

Necklace
Asante people, Ghana

Pendant
Asante people, Ghana

“Soul disk“ bead
Asante people, Ghana

Pendant
Asante people, Ghana

Pendant mask
Asante people, Ghana

Earrings
Asante people, Ghana

Fertility doll (akuaba)
Asante people, Ghana

Fertility doll (akuaba)
Asante people, Ghana

Comb
Attie people, Ghana

Comb
Attie people, Ghana

Funerary head
Koma people, Ghana

Funerary head
Koma people, Ghana

Funerary head
Koma people, Ghana

Funerary head
Koma people, Ghana

Funerary figure
Koma people, Ghana

Dance mask (bedu)
Nafana people, Ghana

Male D’mba figure
Baga people, Guinea

Shrine sculpture representing the bird Anok (A-Tshol)
Baga people, Guinea

Ceremonial spoon
Bidjogo people, Bissago Islands, Guinea Bissau

Fertility amulet wall panel
Borana people, Kenya

Fertility amulet wall panel
Borana people, Kenya

Fertility amulet wall pane
Borana people, Kenya

Memorial Post (kifango)
Giryama people, Kenya

Pair of earrings
Giryama people, Kenya

Headrest
Karamojong people, Kenya

Earrings
Kikuyu people, Kenya

Headdress (enkuraru)
Maasai people, Kenya

Arm ornament indicating rank (errap)
Maasai people, Kenya

Bag for personal jewellery (olbene)
Maasai people, Kenya

Bag for personal jewellery (olbene)
Maasai people, Kenya

Bag for personal jewellery (olbene)
Maasai people, Kenya

Armband for married woman
Maasai people, Kenya

Pair of earlobe plugs
Massai people (?), Turkana people (?), Kenya

Headrest
Pokot people, Kenya

Headrest
Pokot people, Kenya

Married woman's necklace (mpooro engorio)
Rendille people, Kenya

Hair ornament
Samburu people, Kenya

Comb
Samburu people, Kenya

Earrings
Turkana / Marakwet people, Kenya

Lip plug
Turkana people, Kenya

Lip plug
Turkana people, Kenya

Pair of earrings
Turkana people, Kenya

Headrest
Turkana people, Kenya

Nose pendants
Turkana people, Kenya

Mask
Dan/Guere people, Liberia

Passport mask
Dan people, Liberia / Cote d'Ivoire

Passport mask
Dan people, Liberia / Cote d'Ivoire

Passport mask
Dan people, Liberia / Cote d'Ivoire

Passport mask
Dan people, Liberia / Cote d'Ivoire

Passport mask
Dan people, Liberia / Cote d'Ivoire

Funerary post (aloalo)
Mahafaly people, Madagascar

Tomb sculpture
Sakalava people, Madagascar

Snuff container
Nguni people, Malawi

Kore male society initiation mask
Bamana or Marka people, Mali

Ideal female figure (gwan)
Bamana people, Mali

Merekun female marionette with janus head
Bamana people, Mali

N’tomo society mask
Bamana people, Mali

Headdress (sogoni koun)
Bamana people, Mali

Merekun female marionette
Bamana people, Mali

Mask
Bamana people, Mali

Kono society helmet mask
Bamana people, Mali

Marionette head
Bozo people, Mopti area, Mali

Male and female ancestor figures
Dogon people, Mali

Female figure
Dogon people, Mali

Seated figure pendant amulet
Dogon people, Mali

Female figure on a togu-na house post
Dogon people, Mali

Male figure
Dogon people, Mali

Pair of earrings
Fulani people, Mopti area, Mali

Male farming (agriculture) mask
Marka people, Mali

Ceremonial Mask
Marka people, Mali

Poro society initiation mask (kpeli-yehe)
Senufo people, Mali

Two-faced firespitter helmet mask (kponungo)
Senufo people, Mali or Cote d’Ivoire

Rock painting
San people, Namibia, South Africa

Head sculpture
Bura people, Niger

Ceremonial head crest
Ejgaham / Ekoi people, Nigeria

Ekon society marionette
Ibibio people, Nigeria

Ancestor figure (ekpu)
Ibibio people, Oron subgroup, Nigeria

Mask
Idoma people, Nigeria

Head mask
Idoma people, Nigeria

Dance mask (okumkpa)
Igbo people, Afikpo subgroup, Nigeria

Female figure (community’s guardian spirit)
Igbo people, Nigeria

Helmet mask (mgbodike or agbada)
Igbo people, Nigeria

Protective shrine-figure
Igbo people, Nigeria

Mask
Igbo people, Nigeria

Helmet mask in the shape of a bushcow
Kantana (Mama) people, Nigeria

Protection and divination effigy
Mumuye people, Nigeria

Vabo cult buffalo mask
Mumuye people, Nigeria

Protection and divination effigy
Mumuye people, Nigeria

Head
Nok people, Nigeria

Anthropomorphic figure
Nok people, Nigeria

Crown
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Twin figure (Ibeji)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Twin Figure (ibeji)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Twin Figure (ibeji)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Twin Figure (ibeji)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Twin Figures (Ibeji)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Twin Figures (Ibeji)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Twin Figures (Ibeji)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Twin Figures (Ibeji)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Twin figures (Ibeji)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

King’s shoes (bata ileke)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Ogboni cult figures (edan)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Sheath
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Beaded coronet (orikogbofo)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Beaded coronet (orikogbofo)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Beaded coronet (orikogbofo)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Beaded coronet (orikogbofo)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Beaded coronet (orikogbofo)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Beaded coronet (orikogbofo)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Sheath
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Spirit mask (egungun)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Mask (gelede)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Maternity figure (dedicated to the god Shango)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Gynomorphic ritual vessel
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Eshu: “herald of the gods”
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Dance panel (yata)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Beaded coronet (orikogbofo)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Beaded coronet (orikogbofo)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Beaded coronet (orikogbofo)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Beaded coronet (orikogbofo)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Beaded coronet (orikogbofo)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Coronet (Orikogbofo)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Female figure with offering bowl in the shape of a rooster
Yoruba people, Nigeria

Altarpiece (osamasinmi)
Yoruba people, Owo subgroup, Nigeria

Tent support posts
Tuareg people, Sahara Region

Lock and keys for camel saddlebag (Tanasi)
Tuareg people, Sahara Region

Woman’s helmet mask (sowei)
Mende people, Sierra Leone

Bundu female society helmet mask (sowei)
Mende people, Sierra Leone

Female figure
Mende people, Sierra Leone

Woman’s helmet mask (sowei)
Mende people, Sierra Leone

Woman’s helmet mask (sowei)
Mende people, Sierra Leone

Equestrian statue (nomoli)
Sherbo people (?), Sierra Leone

Headrest
Boni people, Somalia

Ceremonial fertility doll
Ndebele people, South Africa

Unmarried woman’s apron (isphephetu)
Ndebele people, South Africa

Women's aprons (jocolo)
Ndebele people, South Africa

Female figure
Tsonga people, South Africa

Ceremonial beer pot with lid
Zulu people, South Africa

Ceremonial beer pot
Zulu people, South Africa

Wedding cape
Zulu people, South Africa

Ceremonial beer pot
Zulu people, South Africa

Woman’s garment
Dinka people, Sudan

Male bodice
Dinka people, Sudan

Anthropomorphic vessel
Zande people, Sudan

Helmet Mask (lipiko)
Makonde people, Tanzania

Body mask: young pregnant woman (njorowe)
Makonde people, Tanzania

Initiation helmet mask (lipico)
Makonde people, Tanzania

Snuff container
Nyamwezi people, Tanzania

Chieftain’s stool
Nyamwezi people, Tanzania

Female figure
Nyamwezi people, Tanzania

Anklet
Swahilli people, Tanzania

Hairpins
Zaramo people, Tanzania

Comb
Zaramo people, Tanzania

Helmet mask (lipiko)
Makonde people, Tanzania or Mozambique

Female ancestor spirit figure (likola)
Makonde people, Tanzania or Mozambique

Fetish Figure
Fon people, The Republic of Benin

Headrest
Nigeria, West Africa

Food bowl with lid
Kwanga-Barotse people, Zimbabwe
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