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.

Piction collections thumbnails

Yoruba people
Gelede Mask
collected 1966
167.6.24042
Yoruba people
Gelede Mask
collected 1966
167.6.24042
Yoruba people
Gelede Mask
collected 1966
167.6.24042
Yoruba people
Gelede Mask
collected 1966
167.6.24042
Yoruba people
Gelede Mask
collected 1966
167.6.24042
Yoruba people
Woman's Wrapper
collected 1977
178.30.25837
Yoruba people
Woman's Wrapper
collected 1977
178.30.25837
Akan people
Pendant
20th century
2001.51.34351
Akan people
Pendant
20th century
2001.51.34351
Malick Sidibe, Malian, 1936 - 2016
Untitled (Reclining Woman)
1969
2005.19
El Anatsui, Ghanaian, born 1944
Hovor
2003
2005.42
El Anatsui, Ghanaian, born 1944
Hovor
2003
2005.42
Malick Sidibe, Malian, 1936 - 2016
Babanco Club
negative 1964; print 2006
2006.82.1
Malick Sidibe, Malian, 1936 - 2016
Babanco Club
negative 1964; print 2006
2006.82.1
Baule people
Figure for an Mbra Shrine, Spirit Figure for a Trance Diviner
about 1965-1975
2008.91
Baule people
Figure for an Mbra Shrine, Spirit Figure for a Trance Diviner
about 1965-1975
2008.91
Baule people
Figure for an Mbra Shrine, Spirit Figure for a Trance Diviner
about 1965-1975
2008.91
Baule people
Figure for an Mbra Shrine, Spirit Figure for a Trance Diviner
about 1965-1975
2008.91
Baule people
Figure for an Mbra Shrine, Spirit Figure for a Trance Diviner
about 1965-1975
2008.91
Baule people
Figure for an Mbra Shrine, Spirit Figure for a Trance Diviner
about 1965-1975
2008.91
Baule people
Figure for an Mbra Shrine, Spirit Figure for a Trance Diviner
about 1965-1975
2008.91
Baule people
Figure for an Mbra Shrine, Spirit Figure for a Trance Diviner
about 1965-1975
2008.91
Baule people
Figure for an Mbra Shrine, Spirit Figure for a Trance Diviner
about 1965-1975
2008.91
Baule people
Figure for an Mbra Shrine, Spirit Figure for a Trance Diviner
about 1965-1975
2008.91
Nupe people
Carved Door
1920-1940
2009.64
Victor Ekpuk, Nigerian, born 1964
Three Wise Men
1996
2013.94
Lamidi Fakeye, Nigerian, 1928 - 2009
Yoruba Kneeling Female Figure Holding a Bowl
early 1960s
2013.98.2
Akin Fakeye, Nigerian, born 1936
Veranda Post
early 1960s
2013.98.3
Akin Fakeye, Nigerian, born 1936
Veranda Post
early 1960s
2013.98.3
Akin Fakeye, Nigerian, born 1936
Veranda Post
early 1960s
2013.98.3
Akin Fakeye, Nigerian, born 1936
Veranda Post
early 1960s
2013.98.3
Akin Fakeye, Nigerian, born 1936
Veranda Post
early 1960s
2013.98.3
Owusu-Ankomah, Ghanaian, born 1956
Starkid
2007
2014.14
Victor Ekpuk, Nigerian, born 1964
Composition No. 13 (Santa Fe Suite)
2013
2015.28.1
Unknown people
Quiver and Arrows
late 19th-early 20th century
38.25.6032
Ibo (Igbo) people
Janus Helmet Mask
19th-early 20th century
984.23.26405
Ibo (Igbo) people
Janus Helmet Mask
19th-early 20th century
984.23.26405
Ibo (Igbo) people
Janus Helmet Mask
19th-early 20th century
984.23.26405
Ibo (Igbo) people
Janus Helmet Mask
19th-early 20th century
984.23.26405
Baule people
Seated Female Figure Representing a Spirit Partner
about 1930
985.46.26463
Baule people
Seated Female Figure Representing a Spirit Partner
about 1930
985.46.26463
Baule people
Seated Female Figure Representing a Spirit Partner
about 1930
985.46.26463
Baule people
Seated Female Figure Representing a Spirit Partner
about 1930
985.46.26463
Baule people
Seated Female Figure Representing a Spirit Partner
about 1930
985.46.26463
Verre people
Woman's Hip Ornament
19th-20th century
985.7.26434
Verre people
Woman's Hip Ornament
19th-20th century
985.7.26434
Verre people
Woman's Hip Ornament
19th-20th century
985.7.26434
possibly proto-Bamana
Miniature Equestrian Figure
15-16th century
986.19.26707
possibly proto-Bamana
Miniature Equestrian Figure
15-16th century
986.19.26707
possibly proto-Bamana
Miniature Equestrian Figure
15-16th century
986.19.26707
Bandiagara area
Fragment of Granary Shutter Lock
19th century
986.83.26662
Bandiagara area
Fragment of Granary Shutter Lock
19th century
986.83.26662
Bandiagara area
Fragment of Granary Shutter Lock
19th century
986.83.26662
Bandiagara area
Fragment of Granary Shutter Lock
19th century
986.83.26662
Bandiagara area
Fragment of Granary Shutter Lock
19th century
986.83.26662
Ejagham people
Headdress
19th-20th century
987.47.26881
Ejagham people
Headdress
19th-20th century
987.47.26881
Ejagham people
Headdress
19th-20th century
987.47.26881
Ejagham people
Headdress
19th-20th century
987.47.26881
Yoruba people
Armlet
19th century or earlier
987.62.26902
Yoruba people
Armlet
19th century or earlier
987.62.26902
Yoruba people
Armlet
19th century or earlier
987.62.26902
Lobi or Bwa people
Four Legged Stool With Antelope Head Finial
late 19th-20th century
990.53.27135
Lobi or Bwa people
Four Legged Stool With Antelope Head Finial
late 19th-20th century
990.53.27135
Lobi or Bwa people
Four Legged Stool With Antelope Head Finial
late 19th-20th century
990.53.27135
Lobi or Bwa people
Four Legged Stool With Antelope Head Finial
late 19th-20th century
990.53.27135
Lobi or Bwa people
Four Legged Stool With Antelope Head Finial
late 19th-20th century
990.53.27135
Dan people
Bugle, Mask Associated with Warfare
19th-20th century
990.53.27175
Dan people
Bugle, Mask Associated with Warfare
19th-20th century
990.53.27175
Dan people
Bugle, Mask Associated with Warfare
19th-20th century
990.53.27175
Dan people
Bugle, Mask Associated with Warfare
19th-20th century
990.53.27175
Dan people
Bugle, Mask Associated with Warfare
19th-20th century
990.53.27175
Ibo (Igbo) people
Ochichi Bowl and Lid
19th-20th century
990.53.27181
Ibo (Igbo) people
Ochichi Bowl and Lid
19th-20th century
990.53.27181
Ibo (Igbo) people
Ochichi Bowl and Lid
19th-20th century
990.53.27181
Ibo (Igbo) people
Ochichi Bowl and Lid
19th-20th century
990.53.27181
Ibo (Igbo) people
Ochichi Bowl and Lid
19th-20th century
990.53.27181
Ibo (Igbo) people
Ochichi Bowl and Lid
19th-20th century
990.53.27181
Tiv people or Jukun people
Ceremonial Axe
19th-20th century
991.48.29009
Yoruba people
Bell for Ritual Use
19th-20th century
992.16.29020
Yoruba people
Bell for Ritual Use
19th-20th century
992.16.29020
Bozo people
Marionette Head of a Ram
20th century
992.17.29021
Bozo people
Marionette Head of a Ram
20th century
992.17.29021
Bozo people
Marionette Head of a Ram
20th century
992.17.29021
Bozo people
Marionette Head of a Ram
20th century
992.17.29021
Ibo (Igbo) people
Asufu Mask (Three-faced Helmet Mask)
mid-20th century
992.17.29022
Ibo (Igbo) people
Asufu Mask (Three-faced Helmet Mask)
mid-20th century
992.17.29022
Ibo (Igbo) people
Asufu Mask (Three-faced Helmet Mask)
mid-20th century
992.17.29022
Ibo (Igbo) people
Asufu Mask (Three-faced Helmet Mask)
mid-20th century
992.17.29022
Dogon people
Two Balafon Players at their Instrument
first quarter of the 20th century
992.19.29023
Dogon people
Two Balafon Players at their Instrument
first quarter of the 20th century
992.19.29023
Dogon people
Two Balafon Players at their Instrument
first quarter of the 20th century
992.19.29023
Dogon people
Two Balafon Players at their Instrument
first quarter of the 20th century
992.19.29023
Mende people
Initiation Society Mask
mid-20th century
992.42.29086
Mende people
Initiation Society Mask
mid-20th century
992.42.29086
Mende people
Initiation Society Mask
mid-20th century
992.42.29086
Mende people
Initiation Society Mask
mid-20th century
992.42.29086
Mende people
Initiation Society Mask
mid-20th century
992.42.29086
Mende people
Initiation Society Mask
mid-20th century
992.42.29086
Mende people
Initiation Society Mask
mid-20th century
992.42.29086