List of illustrations

  • Installation from the 1961 exhibition, The Sculpture of Negro Africa
  • The Stillman Collection, installed in the DMFA's Congo Gallery
  • Standing Figure
  • Gallery space designed by Barney Delabano, Fair Park
  • Selection of African trade beads collected by Velma Davis Dozier
  • West African objects at the DMA
  • Central African objects at the DMA
  • Third Floor African Art galleries, West African objects
  • Third Floor African Art galleries, Central African objects
  • Ramona Austin, The Margaret McDermott Associate Curator of African Art; Margaret McDermott and Nancy Hamon, Benefactor Trustees; and Ann Barbier-Mueller and Cristina Barboglio Lynch
  • Figure of a young man from a funerary relief
  • Altarpiece Section: Angels and Gabriel
  • Traditional carving implements of the Yoruba artist, Hasan Makinde, Abeokuta, Nigeria
  • Leadbelly
  • Male figure
  • Standing female figure, 3/4 view
  • Standing female figure, frontal view
  • Plaque with single figure
  • The City of Benin
  • Waist pendant
  • The full regalia of Oba Akenzua II (1933–1978) includes several carved ivory plaques worn at his waist
  • Figure of a town chief (iyase), frontal view
  • Figure of a town chief (iyase), rear view
  • Ring depicting ritual sacrifice
  • Ring depicting ritual sacrifice, detail
  • Ring depicting ritual sacrifice, alternate view
  • Royal crown (ade)
  • Symbol of the inner head (ibori)
  • House of the head (ile ori)
  • Four-faced half figure (Sakimatwematwe)
  • Mask (lukwakongo)
  • Lega masks are displayed on a special fence
  • Crown
  • Kyaman chiefs and notables
  • Elephant mask (mbap mteng)
  • Hat for elephant mask
  • Tiered hat with brass discs (botolo)
  • Ekonda chief (nkumu) wears the botolo
  • Prestige hat (kalyeem)
  • Bead-embroidered prestige hat (mpaan), frontal view
  • Bead-embroidered prestige hat (mpaan), alternate view
  • Northern Kete man wears the kalyeem hat
  • Hat with nut shells (mukuba)
  • Hat in the form of a wig (sawamazembe)
  • Chair with head on back and figures on rungs
  • Chair with head on back and figures on rungs, detail
  • Stool supported by kneeling female figure (kipona)
  • Russûna and a Wife
  • Ceremonial adze with head and torso
  • Ceremonial adze with head and torso, detail
  • Side-blown horn
  • Side-blown horn, detail
  • Standing female figure in an early 19th-century Temne harp
  • Kneeling female figure with bowl (olumeye)
  • Kneeling female figure with bowl (olumeye), detail
  • Prestige pipe bowl
  • Equestrian figure
  • Seated male figure, frontal view
  • Seated male figure, rear view
  • Ifa divination tray (opon Ifa)
  • Ifa divination tapper (iro Ifa)
  • Shango dance wand (Oshe Sango)
  • Caryatid vessel (arugba Shango)
  • Seated female figure with child (pfemba), frontal view
  • Seated female figure with child (pfemba), rear view
  • Standing female figure with child, side view
  • Standing female figure with child, frontal view
  • Doll (akua'ba), frontal view
  • Doll (akua'ba), rear view
  • Nwenka mask
  • Face mask
  • Face mask (igri)
  • An igri mask is performed during an Afikpo njenji parade
  • Helmet mask (muti wa lipiko)
  • Helmet mask (sowei)
  • Female members of the Sande, or Bundu, association dance
  • Standing female figure
  • Moulded hairstyle with center crest word byIgbo women of Nigeria
  • Standing female figure, frontal view
  • Standing female figure, rear view
  • Headdress (D'mba), side view
  • Headdress (D'mba), detail
  • Epa headdress, , frontal view
  • Epa headdress, detail
  • Bell in the form of a head, frontal view
  • Bell in the form of a head, side view
  • Seated female shrine figure, 3/4 view
  • Seated female shrine figure, frontal view
  • Vessel (itinate)
  • Ritual container in form of standing male figure, frontal view
  • Ritual container in form of standing male figure, 3/4 view
  • Standing male figure (mbulenga), frontal view
  • Standing male figure (mbulenga), side view
  • Male figure standing on an animal, 3/4 view
  • Male figure standing on an animal, side view
  • Standing female figure (mbem), frontal view
  • Standing female figure (mbem), rear view
  • Figure (nazeze-type of yanda)
  • Standing power figure (nkisi nkondi)
  • An x-ray of the nkisi nkondi reveals deep inset eyes and metal pins used to attach the beard to the face
  • Seated male power figure (nkisi)
  • Standing female power figure (nkishi), frontal view
  • Standing female power figure (nkishi), side view
  • Standing female power figure (nkishi), rear 3/4 view
  • Standing male power figure (nkishi), frontal view
  • Standing male power figure (nkishi), 3/4 view
  • Helmet mask (komo)
  • Helmet mask (komo), detail
  • Helmet mask (gye)
  • Face mask (kifwebe) and costume
  • Helmet mask (kifwebe)
  • Kifwebe mask wearer
  • Drum
  • Senufo women dancing around drums
  • Relief of a procession of offering bearers from the tomb of Ny-Ank-Nesut
  • Head and upper torso of Seti I
  • Coffin of Horankh
  • Standing female figure (rhythm pounder)
  • Mask (Mukenga)
  • Egungun costume
  • Egungun costume, detail
  • Standing female and male figures (ere ibeji)
  • Standing male ancestor figure (ekpu), frontal view
  • Standing male ancestor figure (ekpu), side view
  • Reliquary guardian figure
  • The flexed-knee position and stem of sculptured guardian figures allow them to be set atop bark boxes containing sacred relics
  • Janus reliquary guardian figure, frontal view
  • Janus reliquary guardian figure, rear view
  • Ancestral skulls are removed from the reliquary and arranged before the sculptured guardian figure
  • Reliquary guardian figure (mbumba bwiti), frontal view
  • Reliquary guardian figure (mbumba bwiti), 3/4 view
  • Half figure of a man
  • Kneeling female figure with bowl and child
  • Bitumba (images) have been placed at the front of a memorial house
  • Kneeling male figure
  • Seated male figure (ntadi)
  • Standing male ancestor figure (singiti), frontal view
  • Standing male ancestor figure (singiti), rear view
  • Fragment of a granary door or shutter
  • Door lock (anuan)
  • Mechanism of a Dogon door lock, front view
  • Mechanism of a Dogon door lock, rear view
  • Door
  • Tent posts (ehel)
  • Headrest
  • Headrest supported by standing female figure
  • Headrest in form of storage box with carved heads
  • Comb (duafe)
  • Comb with seated figure, frontal view
  • Comb with seated figure, detail
  • Ointment pot with effigy cover
  • Pigment box with peaked corners
  • Pigment box with peaked corners, side view
  • Cup in form of head
  • Cup with handle in form of a hand (mbwoong ntey)
  • Cup in form of male figure
  • Cup in form of female figure
  • Ceremonial rice bowl
  • Ceremonial rice bowl
  • Harp with human head (kundi)
  • Itinerant Zande troubadors accompanied themselves on decorated harps
  • Woman's marriage or ceremonial veil
  • Overskirt with wavy edge (ntshakakot)
  • Kuba woman wearing appliquéd raffia wrappers
  • Cape (linaga)
  • Man's robe (dandogo)
  • Man's robe (dandogo), detail
  • A Yoruba man in Abeokuta, Nigeria, wears a robe of ikat cloth
  • Pendant mask (gikhokho), frontal view
  • Pendant mask (gikhokho), side view
  • Pendant mask (gikhokho), side view
  • Fetish #2
  • Processional cross
  • Standing figure of a religious
  • Horse-and-rider figure (elesin Shango), 3/4 view
  • Horse-and-rider figure (elesin Shango), side view
  • Four-faced helmet mask (ñgontang)
  • Four-faced helmet mask (ñgontang), expanded view
  • Bowl with lid (opon igede)
  • Torque
  • Hat with hornlike projections (misango mayaka)
  • Hats covered with expensive, imported beads project the wealth and status of Yaka and Pende chiefs
  • Pipe in the form of seated female figure
  • Pipe in the form of seated female figure
  • Water pipe in the form of a seated female figure
  • Water pipe in the form of a seated female figure, rear view, detail
  • Male figure effigy vessel
  • Palm wine vessel
  • The flaring hairstyle Mangbetu women wore during the 19th and early 20th centuries is reproduced on palm wine vessels
  • Cut-pile and embroidered textile
  • Bust
  • RORSCHACHTEST #4
  • A Bonwit Teller advertisement for fashions inspired by Kuba cut-pile cloth and Boshoong raffia cloth textile designs
  • Textile (kente)
  • Kente-patterned tippet worn by Reverend Elzie Odum Jr., senior pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church in the Arts District
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~Tradition-based African art is often characterized as “art for life’s sake” or “art as a matter of life and death” in contrast to “art for art’s sake”—an...
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~Governance in pre-colonial sub-Saharan societies was either centralized or decentralized. Centralized societies, such as the Yoruba and Edo in West Africa and the Chokwe and Kuba in Central Africa, were ruled by kings and chiefs who presided over complex political structures. These paramount rulers were considered political leaders as well as religious personages...
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~African Textiles and Decorative Arts in 1972 and African Furniture and Household Objects in 1980, exhibitions curated by Roy Sieber,Sieber 1972; Sieber 1980 brought attention to objects for the house and human body and demonstrated that the parameters of traditional African visual...
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