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Reliquary guardian figure (mbulu ngulu)
Kota people, Gabon

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

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Comb
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

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

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

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Mouse divination pot
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

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Ritual and War Mask
Guerre people, Cote d'Ivoire

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Seated female figure
Senufo people, Cote d'Ivoire

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

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

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

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

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

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Helmet mask
Kuba people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Pipe-head
Kuba people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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

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Gun powder flask
Kuba people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Camwood powder container
Kuba people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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

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Fetish figure
Luba people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Knife
Mangbetu people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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

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

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Stool
Pende people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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

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Fetish figure
Songye people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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

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Personal fetish figure
Yaka people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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

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Headrest
Kaffa area (?), Ethiopia

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Male headdress
Mursi people, Ethiopia

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Bread or lunch basket
Oromo people, Ethiopia

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Bread basket or “lunch basket”
Oromo people, Ethiopia

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Hand cross
Sidamo people, Ethiopia

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Harp (ngombi)
Fang people, Gabon

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Helmet mask
Fang people, Gabon

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Ceremonial throwing knife
Kota-Fang people, Gabon

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

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Female figure
Punu people, Gabon

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Reliquary guardian figure (mbulu ngulu)
Shamaye people, Gabon

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Funerary head
Anyi people, Ghana

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Fertility doll (akuaba)
Asante people, Ghana

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Adinkra cloth stamp
Asante people, Ghana

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Adinkra cloth stamp
Asante people, Ghana

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

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Adinkra cloth stamp
Asante people, Ghana

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Adinkra cloth stamp
Asante people, Ghana

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Funerary head
Koma people, Ghana

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Funerary head
Koma people, Ghana

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Ceremonial spoon
Bidjogo people, Bissago Islands, Guinea Bissau

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Fertility amulet wall panel
Borana people, Kenya

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Fertility amulet wall panel
Borana people, Kenya

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Fertility amulet wall pane
Borana people, Kenya

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Fertility amulet wall panel
Borana people, Kenya

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Panel
Borana people, Kenya

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Headrest
Karamojong people, Kenya

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Earrings
Kikuyu people, Kenya

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Bandolier
Kikuyu people, Kenya

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Head cover
Luo people, Kenya

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Headdress (enkuraru)
Maasai people, Kenya

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Arm ornament indicating rank (errap)
Maasai people, Kenya

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Bag for personal jewellery (olbene)
Maasai people, Kenya

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Bag for personal jewellery (olbene)
Maasai people, Kenya

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Bag for personal jewellery (olbene)
Maasai people, Kenya

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Belt
Maasai people, Kenya

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Bag for personal jewellery (olbene)
Maasai people, Kenya

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Bag for personal jewellery (olbene)
Maasai people, Kenya

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Headrest
Pokot people, Kenya

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Headrest
Pokot people, Kenya

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

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Hair ornament
Samburu people, Kenya

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Mask
Dan/Guere people, Liberia

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Snuff container
Nguni people, Malawi

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Mask (n’tomo)
Bamana people, Mali

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Ideal female figure (gwan)
Bamana people, Mali

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Merekun female marionette with janus head
Bamana people, Mali

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N’tomo society mask
Bamana people, Mali

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Female figure
Dogon people, Mali

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Male farming (agriculture) mask
Marka people, Mali

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

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Ceremonial head crest
Ejgaham / Ekoi people, Nigeria

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Ekon society marionette
Ibibio people, Nigeria

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

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Protection and divination effigy
Mumuye people, Nigeria

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Head
Nok people, Nigeria

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Assemblage honoring the god Eshu
Yoruba people, Nigeria

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Crown
Yoruba people, Nigeria

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Twin figure (Ibeji)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

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Twin Figure (ibeji)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

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Twin Figure (ibeji)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

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Twin Figure (ibeji)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

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Twin Figures (Ibeji)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

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Twin Figures (Ibeji)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

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Twin Figures (Ibeji)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

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Twin Figures (Ibeji)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

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Twin figures (Ibeji)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

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

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Ogboni cult figures (edan)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

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Sheath
Yoruba people, Nigeria

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Beaded coronet (orikogbofo)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

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Beaded coronet (orikogbofo)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

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Beaded coronet (orikogbofo)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

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Beaded coronet (orikogbofo)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

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Beaded coronet (orikogbofo)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

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Beaded coronet (orikogbofo)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

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Sheath
Yoruba people, Nigeria

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Altarpiece (osamasinmi)
Yoruba people, Owo subgroup, Nigeria

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Tent support posts
Tuareg people, Sahara Region

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

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

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Headrest
Boni people, Somalia

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Ceremonial fertility doll
Ndebele people, South Africa

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

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Ceremonial beer pot with lid
Zulu people, South Africa

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Ceremonial beer pot
Zulu people, South Africa

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Ceremonial beer pot
Zulu people, South Africa

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Ceremonial beer pot
Zulu people, South Africa

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Wedding cape
Zulu people, South Africa

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Woman’s garment
Dinka people, Sudan

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Male bodice
Dinka people, Sudan

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Anthropomorphic vessel
Zande people, Sudan

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Helmet Mask (lipiko)
Makonde people, Tanzania

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

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Snuff container
Nyamwezi people, Tanzania

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Anklet
Swahilli people, Tanzania

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Hairpins
Zaramo people, Tanzania

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Fetish Figure
Fon people, The Republic of Benin

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Male and female ancestor figures ("primordial couple")
Dogon people, Mali

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Seated figure pendant amulet
Dogon people, Mali

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Pair of earrings
Fulani people, Mopti area, Mali

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

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Plaque pendant
Edo people, Benin, Nigeria

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Headdress (sogoni koun)
Bamana people, Mali

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Marionette head
Bozo people, Mopti area, Mali

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N’tomo society mask
Bamana people, Mali

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Ceremonial Mask
Marka people, Mali

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Kore male society initiation mask
Bamana or Marka people, Mali

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Cermonial mask
Nuna (Gurunsi) people, Burkina Faso

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

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Headdress (tji wara)
Bamana people, Mali

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

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Mask
Kulango people, Cote d'Ivoire

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

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

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

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

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Pair of figures (bateba)
Lobi people, Burkina Faso

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Hogon equestrian statue
Dogon people, Mali

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Ritual granary trough
Dogon people, Mali

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Spirit of Gu mask
Guro people, Cote d'Ivoire

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Mask
Kono or Guerze people, Guinea

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

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Female figure
Mende people, Sierra Leone

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

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Male D’mba figure
Baga people, Guinea

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

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Head (mma)
Akan people, Ghana

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Head sculpture
Bura people, Niger

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

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Funerary vessel
Bura people, Niger

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Anthropomorphic figure
Nok people, Nigeria

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Genuflecting Figure
Nok people, Nigeria

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Spirit mask (egungun)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

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Mask for protection against witchcraft
Bini people, Nigeria

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Mask (gelede)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

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

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

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Ceremonial yam harvest mask
Afikpo people, Nigeria

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Helmet mask (mgbodike or agbada)
Igbo people, Nigeria

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Mask
Idoma people, Nigeria

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Artist: Bambgose of Osi Ilorin (died: ca. 1920)
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Vabo cult buffalo mask
Mumuye people, Nigeria

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

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Protective shrine-figure
Igbo people, Nigeria

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Ancestor figure (bavong tchitchiri)
Moba people, Togo

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

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Protection and divination effigy
Mumuye people, Nigeria

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Divination bowl (agere ifa)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

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

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Gynomorphic ritual vessel
Yoruba people, Nigeria

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

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Dance panel (yata)
Yoruba people, Nigeria

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Diviner’s bag
Yoruba people, Nigeria

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Fertility doll (akua’ba)
Asante people, Ghana

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

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Cloth (kente)
Asante people, Ghana

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

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Granary door
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

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

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

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

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

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Maternity figure
Baule people, Cote d'Ivoire

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

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Helmet mask (emboli or mbuto)
Kota people, Gabon

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Reliquary guardian figure (mbulu ngulu)
Shamaye people, Gabon

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Reliquary guardian figure (mbulu ngulu)
Kota people, Gabon

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Reliquary guardian figure (bwiti)
Mahongwe people, Gabon

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

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Female ancestor figure
Kuyu people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Ancestor figure
Basikasingo people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Female reliquary guardian figure (byeri)
Fang people, Gabon

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

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

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

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

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Female reliquary guardian figure (byeri)
Fang people, Gabon

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Mask
Kom people, Cameroon

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Throne
Bamileke people, Cameroon

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Leopard headpiece
Bamileke people, Cameroon, Southern Grasslands

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Kuosi society elephant mask
Bamileke people, Cameroon, Southern Grasslands

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Seated figure
Bamileke people, Cameroon

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

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Chieftain’s ceremonial chair
Chokwe people, Angola

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

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Ngil society mask
Fang people, Gabon

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

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

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Helmet mask (ngontang)
Fang people, Gabon

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

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

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

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

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Hand mask
Lega people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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

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

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Funerary monkey mask
Hemba people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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

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

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Initiation mask
Bembe people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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

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

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

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

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

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Spoon
Lega people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Spoon
Lega people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Female figure
Shira-Punu people, Gabon

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Anthropomorphic coffin
Ngata people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Honey container
Mangbetu people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Reliquary guardian figure
Mbete people, Gabon

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Power Figure
Songye people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Male power figure
Suku people, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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

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

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Hand cross
Sidamo people, Ethiopia

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Hand cross
East Ethiopia

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Hand cross
Sidamo people, Ethiopia

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Processional Jerusalem cross
Ethiopia

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Miracles of Mary manuscript
Gondar region, Ethiopia

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Head sculpture
Axum people, Ethiopia

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Oil or water receptacle
Axum people, Ethiopia

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Ossuary
Axum people, Ethiopia

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Chieftain’s stool
Nyamwezi people, Tanzania

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Female figure
Nyamwezi people, Tanzania

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Food bowl with lid
Kwanga-Barotse people, Zimbabwe

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Helmet mask (lipiko)
Makonde people, Tanzania or Mozambique

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

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Female figure
Tsonga people, South Africa

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Rock painting
San people, Namibia, South Africa

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Funerary post (aloalo)
Mahafaly people, Madagascar

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Tomb sculpture
Sakalava people, Madagascar

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Grave marker (Waaga)
Konso people, Ethiopia

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Memorial Post (kifango)
Giryama people, Kenya

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Funerary Post
Belanda people, Sudan