Ogbon dùn-ún gbon; ìmo dùn-ún mo

"Wisdom and knowledge are good things to have".
Build your knowledge about the origin, use and distinguishing features of over 200 African art pieces using our 'Discover' tool.


Collector Spotlights

Inspirational Peers

Collecting is a fundamental human trait but we must ensure that we collect what we love and learn as much as we can before and after we make a purchase. Learn how new and established traditional African art collectors assess authenticity and source pieces. View highlights from their extensive personal collections.


Okumkpa

Welcome the New Yam Season

The Igbo from the town Afikpo in Nigeria make use of eleven wooden masks (ihu) during Okumkpa festivals, used to to celebrate the end of the dry season. Check out how each mask type is used along with their distinguishing features.


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Epa

Celebrate Life & Ancestors

Epa masks are used by the Yoruba to promote health and wellbeing within a community by celebrating and honouring ancestors, cultural heroes and important individuals. The bi-annual, week-long Epa festival acknowledges the roles these individuals have played in building a successful community.


Staffs

Harness the Power of the Gods

A number of diviners from African ethnic groups make use of staffs to communicate with the gods and to harness their healing or magical powers. The Yoruba for example believe the opa osanyin iron staff holds the power of Osanyin & Erinle (gods of divination and herbal medicine).