The Hood's West African collection consists of almost seven hundred objects, including an extensive selection of metal body adornment given to the museum by the Arnold and Joanne Syrop Collection. The remainder of this collection is broadly diverse in its range of media. The collection of wood sculpture, greatly enhanced by gifts from Evelyn A. and William B. Jaffe and the Harry A. Franklin Family Collection, includes canonical examples of colonial-era sculpture such as a Bozo marionette head of a ram, a large Baga Nalu serpent figure (a-Mantsho-nga-Tshol), an Ekiti-Yoruba house post attributed to the school of Agunna of Oke-Igbira, and a Yoruba staff for Eshu (ogo Eshu Elegba). Objects made in other media include a Bamana power object (boli), an Akan gold and silver pendant, a Yoruba beaded sheath and crown (opa orisha oko), and various textiles from throughout the region, including an indigo-dyed woman's wrap from Ibadan.
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