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Central Africa

Objects include prime examples of ritual figures and masks from the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Cameroon Grassfields, an impressive array of weapons, and contemporary photographs by Angèle Etoundi Essamba. 

Ikula Ceremonial Knife
Kuba people
Ikula Ceremonial Knife
19th-20th century
180.27.25946
Elephant Mask
Bamileke people
Elephant Mask
late 19th-early 20th century
181.20.26274
Elephant Mask
Bamileke people
Elephant Mask
late 19th century
181.20.26275
Elephant Mask
Bamileke people
Elephant Mask
late 19th century
181.20.26275
Mask (mukudj)
Unknown Maker
Mask (mukudj)
late 19th century-1927
2004.17.35574
Mask (mukudj)
Unknown Maker
Mask (mukudj)
late 19th century-1927
2004.17.35574
Mukyeem, Mask of the King-as-Elephant
Kuba people
Mukyeem, Mask of the King-as-Elephant
19th-20th century
2008.89
Mukyeem, Mask of the King-as-Elephant
Kuba people
Mukyeem, Mask of the King-as-Elephant
19th-20th century
2008.89
Bird-headed Ceremonial Knife (musele)
Fang people
Bird-headed Ceremonial Knife (musele)
collected about 1892
2013.75.1
Executioner's Sword
Teke people
Executioner's Sword
19th century
39.64.6954
Shield
Ngombe people
Shield
late 19th century
39.64.6960
Knife (trumgash)
Mangbetu people
Knife (trumgash)
19th-20th century
40.15.12620
Executioner's Sword
Ngala people
Executioner's Sword
late 19th-early 20th century
40.15.12622
Sword
Lele people
Sword
19th century
40.15.12625
Knife
Ngbandi
Knife
19th-early 20th century
40.15.12626
Woman's Armlet
Bana people
Woman's Armlet
19th-20th century
985.7.26431
Woman's Armlet
Bana people
Woman's Armlet
19th-20th century
985.7.26431
Mbulu Ngulu, Reliquary Figure
Kota-Obamba people
Mbulu Ngulu, Reliquary Figure
19th century
986.60.26660
Mbulu Ngulu, Reliquary Figure
Kota-Obamba people
Mbulu Ngulu, Reliquary Figure
19th century
986.60.26660
(Mbuya) Initiation Mask
Western Pende people
(Mbuya) Initiation Mask
19th century
986.9.26650
(Mbuya) Initiation Mask
Western Pende people
(Mbuya) Initiation Mask
19th century
986.9.26650
Medicine Mat / Power Emblem
Ekpe Society
Medicine Mat / Power Emblem
late 19th-20th century
987.18.26714
Janus Figure: Male and Female Standing Back to Back
Hemba people
Janus Figure: Male and Female Standing Back to Back
early 20th century
990.53.27173
Janus Figure: Male and Female Standing Back to Back
Hemba people
Janus Figure: Male and Female Standing Back to Back
early 20th century
990.53.27173
Throwing Knife
Bwaka or Gobu people
Throwing Knife
19th-20th century
991.48.29011
Ceremonial Axe, Insignia of Rank
Songe people
Ceremonial Axe, Insignia of Rank
19th-20th centruy
991.48.29012
Display Knife
Konda people
Display Knife
19th-20th century
992.38.29079
Nkisi Nkondi, Power Figure
Solongo style
Nkisi Nkondi, Power Figure
19th century
996.22.30233
Male Figure
Bamileke people
Male Figure
19th century
996.25.30258
Male Figure
Bamileke people
Male Figure
19th century
996.25.30258
Power Figure
Suku people
Power Figure
early 20th century
996.25.30315
Power Figure
Suku people
Power Figure
early 20th century
996.25.30315
Oracle Figure
Pende people
Oracle Figure
first half of the 20th century
996.31.30328
Oracle Figure
Pende people
Oracle Figure
first half of the 20th century
996.31.30328
Sword of Royal Authority (mebele a lulendo)
Kongo people
Sword of Royal Authority (mebele a lulendo)
19th century or earlier
997.20.30355
Memorial Figure of a Lineage Head
Hemba-Niembo people
Memorial Figure of a Lineage Head
late 19th-early 20th century
998.13.30366
Memorial Figure of a Lineage Head
Hemba-Niembo people
Memorial Figure of a Lineage Head
late 19th-early 20th century
998.13.30366
Memorial Figure of a Clan Leader (Mfumu Kanda)
Kongo people
Memorial Figure of a Clan Leader (Mfumu Kanda)
19th-20th century
998.4.30364
Memorial Figure of a Clan Leader (Mfumu Kanda)
Kongo people
Memorial Figure of a Clan Leader (Mfumu Kanda)
19th-20th century
998.4.30364
Rattle with Female Figure
Luba people
Rattle with Female Figure
late 19th-early 20th century
998.59.30367
Rattle with Female Figure
Luba people
Rattle with Female Figure
late 19th-early 20th century
998.59.30367
Prestige Pipe
Western Grassfields people
Prestige Pipe
late 19th century
999.17.30478
Prestige Pipe
Western Grassfields people
Prestige Pipe
late 19th century
999.17.30478
Cross
Unknown people
Cross
19th century
999.3.30469
Cross
Unknown people
Cross
19th century
999.3.30469
Esprit 2
Angele Etoundi Essamba, Cameroonian, born 1962
Esprit 2
1985
PH.2003.30.3
Esprit 2
Angele Etoundi Essamba, Cameroonian, born 1962
Esprit 2
1985
PH.2003.30.3
Mbumba-bwiti, Half Figure for a Reliquary
Tsogo people
Mbumba-bwiti, Half Figure for a Reliquary
early 20th century
S.967.122
Mbumba-bwiti, Half Figure for a Reliquary
Tsogo people
Mbumba-bwiti, Half Figure for a Reliquary
early 20th century
S.967.122
Stool with Caryatid
Shankadi style
Stool with Caryatid
late 19th-early 20th century
S.972.189
Stool with Caryatid
Shankadi style
Stool with Caryatid
late 19th-early 20th century
S.972.189
Power / Display Figure
Teke people
Power / Display Figure
early 20th century
S.972.7
Power / Display Figure
Teke people
Power / Display Figure
early 20th century
S.972.7
Initiation Mask
Suku people
Initiation Mask
19th century
S.972.8
Initiation Mask
Suku people
Initiation Mask
19th century
S.972.8
Kifwebe Bakashi, Female Mask of the Kifwebe Society
Songe people
Kifwebe Bakashi, Female Mask of the Kifwebe Society
19th-20th century
S.976.258
Kifwebe Bakashi, Female Mask of the Kifwebe Society
Songe people
Kifwebe Bakashi, Female Mask of the Kifwebe Society
19th-20th century
S.976.258
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