We are expanding! Check out our programming while the museum is closed.

Western Africa

The collection includes fine examples of canonical ritual figures and masks, ceremonial objects, an extensive selection of body adornment, textiles from a broad spectrum of West African cultures, and contemporary works by artists such as Malick Sidibé, Twins Seven Seven, El Anatsui, Nike Davies-Okundaye, Victor Ekpuk, and Owusu-Ankomah.

Mask (gelede)
Yoruba people
Mask (gelede)
collected 1966
167.6.24042
Mask (gelede)
Yoruba people
Mask (gelede)
collected 1966
167.6.24042
Woman's Wrapper
Yoruba people
Woman's Wrapper
collected 1977
178.30.25837
Woman's Wrapper
Yoruba people
Woman's Wrapper
collected 1977
178.30.25837
Pendant
Akan people
Pendant
20th century
2001.51.34351
Pendant
Akan people
Pendant
20th century
2001.51.34351
Untitled (Reclining Woman)
Malick Sidibe, Malian, 1936 - 2016
Untitled (Reclining Woman)
1969
2005.19
Hovor
El Anatsui, Ghanaian, born 1944
Hovor
2003
2005.42
Babanco Club
Malick Sidibe, Malian, 1936 - 2016
Babanco Club
negative 1964; print 2006
2006.82.1
Babanco Club
Malick Sidibe, Malian, 1936 - 2016
Babanco Club
negative 1964; print 2006
2006.82.1
Figure for an Mbra Shrine, Spirit Figure for a Trance Diviner
Baule people
Figure for an Mbra Shrine, Spirit Figure for a Trance Diviner
about 1965-1975
2008.91
Carved Door
Nupe people
Carved Door
1920-1940
2009.64
Three Wise Men
Victor Ekpuk, Nigerian, born 1964
Three Wise Men
1996
2013.94
Yoruba Kneeling Female Figure Holding a Bowl
Lamidi Fakeye, Nigerian, 1928 - 2009
Yoruba Kneeling Female Figure Holding a Bowl
early 1960s
2013.98.2
Veranda Post
Akin Fakeye, Nigerian, born 1936
Veranda Post
early 1960s
2013.98.3
Veranda Post
Akin Fakeye, Nigerian, born 1936
Veranda Post
early 1960s
2013.98.3
Starkid
Owusu-Ankomah, Ghanaian, born 1956
Starkid
2007
2014.14
Composition No. 13 (Santa Fe Suite)
Victor Ekpuk, Nigerian, born 1964
Composition No. 13 (Santa Fe Suite)
2013
2015.28.1
Quiver and Arrows
Unknown people
Quiver and Arrows
late 19th-early 20th century
38.25.6032
Janus Helmet Mask
Ibo (Igbo) people
Janus Helmet Mask
19th-early 20th century
984.23.26405
Janus Helmet Mask
Ibo (Igbo) people
Janus Helmet Mask
19th-early 20th century
984.23.26405
Seated Female Figure Representing a Spirit Partner
Baule people
Seated Female Figure Representing a Spirit Partner
about 1930
985.46.26463
Seated Female Figure Representing a Spirit Partner
Baule people
Seated Female Figure Representing a Spirit Partner
about 1930
985.46.26463
Woman's Hip Ornament
Verre people
Woman's Hip Ornament
19th-20th century
985.7.26434
Woman's Hip Ornament
Verre people
Woman's Hip Ornament
19th-20th century
985.7.26434
Miniature Equestrian Figure
possibly proto-Bamana
Miniature Equestrian Figure
15-16th century
986.19.26707
Miniature Equestrian Figure
possibly proto-Bamana
Miniature Equestrian Figure
15-16th century
986.19.26707
Fragment of Granary Shutter Lock
Bandiagara area
Fragment of Granary Shutter Lock
19th century
986.83.26662
Fragment of Granary Shutter Lock
Bandiagara area
Fragment of Granary Shutter Lock
19th century
986.83.26662
Headdress
Ejagham people
Headdress
19th-20th century
987.47.26881
Headdress
Ejagham people
Headdress
19th-20th century
987.47.26881
Armlet
Yoruba people
Armlet
19th century or earlier
987.62.26902
Armlet
Yoruba people
Armlet
19th century or earlier
987.62.26902
Four Legged Stool With Antelope Head Finial
Lobi or Bwa people
Four Legged Stool With Antelope Head Finial
late 19th-20th century
990.53.27135
Four Legged Stool With Antelope Head Finial
Lobi or Bwa people
Four Legged Stool With Antelope Head Finial
late 19th-20th century
990.53.27135
Bugle, Mask Associated with Warfare
Dan people
Bugle, Mask Associated with Warfare
19th-20th century
990.53.27175
Bugle, Mask Associated with Warfare
Dan people
Bugle, Mask Associated with Warfare
19th-20th century
990.53.27175
Ochichi Bowl and Lid
Ibo (Igbo) people
Ochichi Bowl and Lid
19th-20th century
990.53.27181
Ochichi Bowl and Lid
Ibo (Igbo) people
Ochichi Bowl and Lid
19th-20th century
990.53.27181
Ceremonial Axe
Tiv people or Jukun people
Ceremonial Axe
19th-20th century
991.48.29009
Bell for Ritual Use
Yoruba people
Bell for Ritual Use
19th-20th century
992.16.29020
Bell for Ritual Use
Yoruba people
Bell for Ritual Use
19th-20th century
992.16.29020
Marrionette Head of a Ram
Bozo people
Marrionette Head of a Ram
20th century
992.17.29021
Marrionette Head of a Ram
Bozo people
Marrionette Head of a Ram
20th century
992.17.29021
Asufu Mask (Three-faced Helmet Mask)
Ibo (Igbo) people
Asufu Mask (Three-faced Helmet Mask)
mid-20th century
992.17.29022
Asufu Mask (Three-faced Helmet Mask)
Ibo (Igbo) people
Asufu Mask (Three-faced Helmet Mask)
mid-20th century
992.17.29022
Two Balafon Players at their Instrument
Dogon people
Two Balafon Players at their Instrument
first quarter of the 20th century
992.19.29023
Two Balafon Players at their Instrument
Dogon people
Two Balafon Players at their Instrument
first quarter of the 20th century
992.19.29023
Initiation Society Mask
Mende people
Initiation Society Mask
mid-20th century
992.42.29086
Initiation Society Mask
Mende people
Initiation Society Mask
mid-20th century
992.42.29086
Power Basket
Unknown people
Power Basket
20th century
995.54.30220
Power Basket
Unknown people
Power Basket
20th century
995.54.30220
Anklet
Frafra people
Anklet
19th-mid 20th century
998.53.30371
Anklet
Frafra people
Anklet
19th-mid 20th century
998.53.30371
Anklet
Frafra people
Anklet
19th-mid 20th century
998.53.30374
Anklet
Frafra people
Anklet
19th-mid 20th century
998.53.30374
Bracelet Retaining the Manilla Form
Songhai people
Bracelet Retaining the Manilla Form
19th century
998.53.30401
Bracelet Retaining the Manilla Form
Songhai people
Bracelet Retaining the Manilla Form
19th century
998.53.30401
Woman's Anklet
Baule people
Woman's Anklet
19th century
998.53.30406
Woman's Anklet
Baule people
Woman's Anklet
19th century
998.53.30406
Woman's Anklet
Baule people
Woman's Anklet
19th century
998.54.30438
Woman's Anklet
Baule people
Woman's Anklet
19th century
998.54.30438
Bracelet
Fon people
Bracelet
19th century
998.54.30439
Bracelet
Fon people
Bracelet
19th century
998.54.30439
Female Figure
Bamana (Bambara) people
Female Figure
late 19th century
999.13.30471
Female Figure
Bamana (Bambara) people
Female Figure
late 19th century
999.13.30471
Hip Ornament Representing the Head of a Benin Court Official
Edo people
Hip Ornament Representing the Head of a Benin Court Official
attributed to the early 18th century
999.42.33929
Hip Ornament Representing the Head of a Benin Court Official
Edo people
Hip Ornament Representing the Head of a Benin Court Official
attributed to the early 18th century
999.42.33929
Figures
Unknown Maker
Figures
19th century
999.57.30293
Figures
Unknown Maker
Figures
19th century
999.57.30293
Untitled (Figure Cutting Down Tree)
Twins Seven Seven, Nigerian, 1944 - 2011
Untitled (Figure Cutting Down Tree)
1970s
D.2003.21.1
Untitled (Figure Cutting Down Tree)
Twins Seven Seven, Nigerian, 1944 - 2011
Untitled (Figure Cutting Down Tree)
1970s
D.2003.21.1
Ritual Ancestor Trough
Dogon people
Ritual Ancestor Trough
19th-early 20th century
MIS.968.79
Alawada (Jester)
Muraina Oyelami, Nigerian, born 1940
Alawada (Jester)
2002
P.2003.7
Alawada (Jester)
Muraina Oyelami, Nigerian, born 1940
Alawada (Jester)
2002
P.2003.7
Male Dance Mask of the Zamble Type
Guro people
Male Dance Mask of the Zamble Type
19th century
S.972.16
Male Dance Mask of the Zamble Type
Guro people
Male Dance Mask of the Zamble Type
19th century
S.972.16
Staff (Oshe Shango)
Egbado area
Staff (Oshe Shango)
19th century
S.972.20
Staff (Oshe Shango)
Egbado area
Staff (Oshe Shango)
19th century
S.972.20
Loman (Bird) Mask associated with je Mask Group
Yaure people
Loman (Bird) Mask associated with je Mask Group
20th century
S.972.5
Loman (Bird) Mask associated with je Mask Group
Yaure people
Loman (Bird) Mask associated with je Mask Group
20th century
S.972.5
Horn Bill (Porpianong)
Senufo people
Horn Bill (Porpianong)
20th century
S.973.242
Horn Bill (Porpianong)
Senufo people
Horn Bill (Porpianong)
20th century
S.973.242
Figure of Pregnant Woman
Agni people
Figure of Pregnant Woman
19th century
S.973.306
Figure of Pregnant Woman
Agni people
Figure of Pregnant Woman
19th century
S.973.306
Staff (Ogo Eshu Elegba)
Oyo-Yoruba people
Staff (Ogo Eshu Elegba)
20th century
S.973.314
Staff (Ogo Eshu Elegba)
Oyo-Yoruba people
Staff (Ogo Eshu Elegba)
20th century
S.973.314
Staff with Beaded Sheath and Crown (Opa Orisha Oko)
Yoruba people
Staff with Beaded Sheath and Crown (Opa Orisha Oko)
early-mid-20th century
S.973.322
Staff with Beaded Sheath and Crown (Opa Orisha Oko)
Yoruba people
Staff with Beaded Sheath and Crown (Opa Orisha Oko)
early-mid-20th century
S.973.322
Initiation Society Mask (Waniougo)
Senufo people
Initiation Society Mask (Waniougo)
20th century
S.974.371
Initiation Society Mask (Waniougo)
Senufo people
Initiation Society Mask (Waniougo)
20th century
S.974.371
Untitled (Adire Quilt)
Nike Davies-Okundaye, Nigerian, born 1952
Untitled (Adire Quilt)
2002
T.2003.6
Close
Hood Museum