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Mvudi (Celebratory Mask)

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The Aduma are a small ethnic group located on the upper Ogooué River in southeastern Gabon to which the mvudi mask belongs. Oral traditions about the origin of the mask make mention of the Mount Ngouadi region in the Ivindo...


Agwe Chaka (Funerary 'Trickster' Mask)

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Cultures of the Cross River region of southeastern Nigeria and western Cameroon, such as the Ejagham of Nigeria and the Banyang of Cameroon, are known for the distinctive art of covering a wooden carving with animal or human...


Ikwara (Judge Mask)

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Ikwara is a black mask used as an agent of social control originating from Ngounié in South Gabon. Also called ikwara-mokulu, its name means “mask of the night,” and its black colour is associated with malicious forces,...


So'o (Chimpanzee-Human Mask)

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The so’o mask, or sokomutu in Swahili (and sometimes referred to as mwisi gwa so’o, suku muntu or ibombo ya soho in some sources), belongs to the Hemba people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. So’o means...


Kponyungo (Funeral Helmet Mask)

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The kponyungo mask is the generic Senufo term for helmet masks. Kponyungo translates to ‘funeral head mask’, or ‘head of Poro’.

The Senufo use helmet masks across a number of different organised...


Not Visible to the Naked Eye: Inside a Senufo Helmet Mask

1717 North Harwood, Texas: Dallas, United States

November 23, 2019 - March 21, 2021 Exhibition November 23, 2019 March 21, 2021 Europe/London Not Visible to the Naked Eye: Inside a Senufo Helmet Mask 1717 North Harwood, Texas: Dallas, United States

The DMA’s Conservation and Arts of Africa departments, in an exciting and cutting-edge collaboration with UT Southwestern Medical Center, will present CT scans of a Senufo helmet mask from the Museum’s African art collection. This kind of mask is worn like a helmet by a medium at initiations, funerals, harvest celebrations and secret events conducted by the powerful male-only Komo society, which has traditionally maintained social and spiritual harmony in Senufo villages in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, and Burkina Faso. Visible attachments on the mask include a female figure, cowrie shells, and imported glassware. The CT-scans reveal unexpected materials beneath the surface and objects contained in the attached animal horns that empower the mask.


Olojufoforo (Ancestor Mask)

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The oloyiya (meaning ‘owner of combs’ also called okyiya, or epa are) mask is a ceremonial mask worn by the Yoruba people. These masks are a type of Epa mask from the Ekiti province in Nigeria, used in week-long,...


Makunda (Initiation Mask)

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Makunda (also called n-khanda, m-khanda, longwa or nzo longo) is the initiation society used to transition male children into manhood. Yaka boys considered ready for initiation (called tundansi) are taken to a bush camp...


Kayamba ('The Cunning Mask')

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The social and spiritual lives of the Lega people, are governed by a central initiation society known as Bwami; Bwami is responsible for teaching morality through community performances, dances and objects. The Bwami...


What Does the History of Masking Tell Us About Youth, Politics and Insecurity in Nigeria?

10-11 Carlton House Terrace, SW1Y 5AH: London, United Kingdom

June 23, 2018 - June 23, 2018 Lecture June 23, 2018 June 23, 2018 Europe/London What Does the History of Masking Tell Us About Youth, Politics and Insecurity in Nigeria? 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, SW1Y 5AH: London, United Kingdom

British Academy Summer Showcase. David Pratten gives an insight into the lives of the Agaba masquerade based in the Niger Delta region. His exhibit tells a story about members' masquerade traditions, and why they continue to flourish today. While these masquerade performances – which feature music, carved masks and bold dance styles – are striking, the songs are witty laments that reflect on the insecurity of life for these young men, and offer a critique of politics and the economic system in Nigeria.


Ngongo (Initiation Mask)

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The Lwalu (some sources use ‘Lwalwa’) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola are primarily known as mask makers. Sculptors occupy a privileged place in society (such as community chiefs) and are...


Ngongo (Initiation Mask)

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The Lwalu (some sources use ‘Lwalwa’) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola are primarily known as mask makers. Sculptors occupy a privileged place in society (such as community chiefs) and are...


Ngongo (Initiation Mask)

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The Lwalu (some sources use ‘Lwalwa’) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola are primarily known as mask makers. Sculptors occupy a privileged place in society (such as community chiefs) and are...


Congo Masks: Masterpieces from Central Africa

200 N. Boulevard Richmond: Virginia, United States

November 10, 2018 - February 18, 2019 Exhibition November 10, 2018 February 18, 2019 Europe/London Congo Masks: Masterpieces from Central Africa 200 N. Boulevard Richmond: Virginia, United States

This innovative and visually compelling exhibition presents more than 130 masks from the vast Congo region of Africa. Drawn from the finest and most comprehensive collection in private hands, these masks from the 19th and 20th centuries are combined with film footage, photographs, instruments, maps, and music to evoke the sights and sounds of the Congo.


Nkanda ('Wife of the Day' Mask)

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The Woyo (and Vili) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola, make use of wooden masks,  banana leaf and feather costumes called ndunga. The masks and costumes are worn by members of Bandunga (also called Bakama Ba...


Makunda (Initiation Mask)

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Makunda (also called n-khanda, m-khanda, longwa or nzo longo) is the initiation society used to transition male children into manhood. Yaka boys considered ready for initiation (called tundansi) are taken to a bush camp...


Makunda (Initiation Mask)

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Makunda (also called n-khanda, m-khanda, longwa or nzo longo) is the initiation society used to transition male children into manhood. Yaka boys considered ready for initiation (called tundansi) are taken to a bush camp...


Moghondzi (Ancestor Mask)

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The Vuvi of Gabon are a small ethnic group between the Offoué and Lolo Rivers. Like their Kota, Fang and Punu neighbours, the Vuvi worship and venerate ancestors through a number of rituals and ceremonies. The practice of...


Loniakê (Animal Totem Mask)

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The Tussian (called Tusiã, Tusian, Toussian, and Tusya, in various sources) are a small ethnic group in Burkina Faso. All men and some women within the community must be initiated into the Dó (also called Dou) association....


Karan-Wemba (Ancestor Mask)

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The Mossi of Bukina Faso and the Dogon of Mali make use of karan-wemba masks.

For the Dogon, the masks represent a Yasigine or Satimbe, an elderly woman who, as part of the mask society, has been part of two Sigi...


Okuyi (Female 'Mourning' Mask)

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The Punu and Lumbo of the Gabonese Republic are matrilineal; they trace their lines of descent through the women of the community. As such, female ancestors are venerated and the ‘first’ female ancestor—the...


Misikun (Cow Helmet Mask)

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Six initiation societies, known as dyow (sing. dyo), govern the social, economic, and spiritual lives of Bamana men. The six societies are n’domo, komo, nama, kono, chi wara and kore. A Bamana man must pass through each...


Powermask

Willemskade 22, 3016 DM: Rotterdam, The Netherlands

September 01, 2017 - January 07, 2018 Exhibition September 01, 2017 January 07, 2018 Europe/London Powermask Willemskade 22, 3016 DM: Rotterdam, The Netherlands

In the exhibition Power Mask guest curator Walter van Beirendonck shares his fascination for the worlds of masks. Van Beirendonck explores different functions of masks: the supernatural, rituals, African masks as an inspiration for modern art and masks in contemporary high fashion. The exhibition features works from artists, designers and photographers like Viktor & Rolf, Jean Paul Gaultier, Keith Haring and James Ensor amongst others.


Mblo (Entertainment Mask)

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The Baule of modern day Ivory Coast perform a number of dances for village entertainment; one such performance is known as Mblo. Mblo is performed during times of stress, social anxiety, or political reversals, to bring relief...


Manratche (Initiation Mask)

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The Bidjogo (also known as Bijogo, Bijagó, Bidyogo and Bidyugo) people of Bissagos (also Bijagós) archipelago, in current day Guinea Bissau, hold initiation rituals for young girls and boys, according to their age group....


Masks and the Uncanny, in Africa and Beyond

1200 Getty Center Dr: Los Angeles, United States

October 12, 2017 - October 12, 2017 Lecture October 12, 2017 October 12, 2017 Europe/London Masks and the Uncanny, in Africa and Beyond 1200 Getty Center Dr: Los Angeles, United States

In Western European languages, the "mask" exerts a powerful presence as a figure of speech. To masquerade is to "pretend to be someone one is not." By extension, unmasking is a heroic metaphor for exposing a hidden truth. In this lecture, Z. S. Strother, Riggio Professor of African Art at Columbia University, uses African case studies to offer an alternative vision of masquerading. She will explore the aesthetic emotions aroused by masks, or more precisely, by "dances of masks": joy, wonder, awe, fear, and the release of laughing out loud. Most of all, her talk will investigate the uncanny—a sensation of "delicious shiveriness" triggered when familiar spaces and individuals become strange and changeable. This lecture and the accompanying publication (forthcoming in fall 2018) are sponsored by the Getty Research Institute Council.


Kore (Animal Mask)

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The social, economic and spiritual lives of Bamana men, in Southwestern Mali, are governed by six initiation societies collectively known as Dyow (also called Jow, sing. Dyo or Jo). The six societies are N’tomo (also called...


Albarga (Old Man Mask)

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The Dogon once believed that death did not exist, believing instead that immortal humans lived as serpents. However due to mankind breaking a religious restriction, people developed limited life-spans and eventually died. The...


Kasangu (Warrior Mask)

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The Mugongo society of warriors is responsible for the protection of Salampasu communities; society members protect against invasion from rival clans or other external forces. To become a member of Mugongo, Salampasu boys must...


Mukinka (Warrior Mask)

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The Mugongo society of warriors is responsible for the protection of Salampasu communities; society members protect against invasion from rival clans or other external forces. To become a member of Mugongo, Salampasu boys must...


Troh (Night Society Helmet Mask)

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Among the Bangwa kingdoms of the Cameroon Grassfields, the central fwa (chief) and a number of secret societies are responsible for the social rule of each kingdom. One such society is the Night Society (Troh) of nine council...


Tu Nkum Mpelet (Prestige Helmet Mask)

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Among the many kingdoms (fondom) of the Cameroon Grassfields, the central fon (chief) and a number of secret societies are responsible for the social rule of each kingdom. In close counsel with Kwifor, Ngwerong, Mfu and...


Kifwebe (Power Mask)

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The Bwadi Bwa Kifwebe male society is responsible for maintaining control, order and rule among the Songye people of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Community leaders makes use of witchcraft (buchi) and magic (masende) to...


Kifwebe (Power Mask)

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The Bwadi Bwa Kifwebe male society is responsible for maintaining control, order and rule among the Songye people of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Community leaders makes use of witchcraft (buchi) and magic (masende) to...


Vaa Bong (Initiation Helmet Mask)

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Vaa-bong helmet masks are used during the initiation of young Mumuye boys into the Vaa-Bong cult. At the end of the initiation period, vaa-bong masquerades dance in male only groups or in paris with their female counterpart...


Lang Gbadna (Bush Spirit Helmet Mask)

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The Chamba of Nigeria are divided into clans and chiefdoms, each of which is associated with a Vara (skull) cult of deceased ancestors. The cult celebrates and worships ancestors and the protective bush spirit of the community...


Okumkpa (Theatre Mask)

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Found in Southeastern Igboland, primarily in the town Afikpo, opa nwa (also called agbogho okumkpa or agbogho mma; meaning ‘carrying child’ or ‘hold child’; often referred to as ‘Queen...


Okumkpa (Theatre Mask)

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Found in Southeastern Igboland, primarily in Afikpo towns, okpesu umuruma (meaning ‘frighten children’; also called ihu ori, meaning ‘face ugly’) masks are worn by older performers at Okumkpa...


Okumkpa (Theatre Mask)

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Found in Southeastern Igboland, primarily in the town Afikpo, nne mgbo (meaning ‘mother of Mgbo‘) masks are worn by young boys and adult men of the Mmwo (or Mma) secret society during annually Okumkpa ceremonies...


Okumkpa (Theatre Mask)

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Found in Southeastern Igboland, primarily in Afikpo towns, nnade okumkpa (meaning ‘father of Okumkpa‘) masks are worn by senior and junior leaders of Okumkpa ceremonies. Nnade okumpa masks are danced annually by...


Okumkpa (Theatre Mask)

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Found in Southeastern Igboland, primarily in Afikpo towns, mma ji (meaning ‘knife yam’ – also called mma ubi meaning ‘knife farm’ or ikwum) masks are used in a number of different plays and...


Okumkpa (Theatre Mask)

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Found in Southeastern Igboland, primarily in Afikpo towns, mkpe (meaning ‘horns’) masks are worn by adult men (usually musicians) of the Mmwo (or Mma) secret society. Mkpe masks are danced annually by masqueraded...


Okumkpa (Theatre Mask)

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Found in Southeastern Igboland, primarily in Afikpo towns, ibibio (meaning ‘beautiful woman’) masks are worn by adult men of the Mmwo (or Mma) secret society. Ibibio masks are danced annually by masqueraded men...


Okumkpa (Theatre Mask)

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Found in Southeastern Igboland, primarily in the town Afikpo, beke (also called mbeke or bekee in some sources; meaning ‘white man’) masks are one of the most commonly used masks worn by young men of the Mmwo (or...


Okumkpa (Theatre Mask)

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Found in Southeastern Igboland, primarily in the towns Afikpo, Ada, Edda and Amaseri, igri (also called okonkpo or egede) masks are among the rarest of masks worn by older male members of the Mmwo (or Mma) secret society....


Okumkpa (Theatre Mask)

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Found in Southeastern Igboland, primarily in the town Afikpo, acali masks are one of the first masks worn by young men of the Mmwo (or Mma) secret society. Acali masks are danced annually during Okumkpa ceremonies to...


Okumkpa (Theatre Mask)

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Found in Southeastern Igboland, primarily in the town Afikpo, mba masks are among the most common masks of that region. Used by older Igbo boys of the Mmwo (or Mma) secret society, mba masks are danced annually during Okumkpa...


Mbuya (Village Mask)

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Mbuya village masks are used to entertain a community during non-ritual festivities. Once used during mukanda initiation ceremonies to mark the end of male circumcision rituals, mbuya masquerades are now used to highlight a...


Mbuya (Village Mask)

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Mbuya village masks are used to entertain a community during non-ritual festivities. Once used during mukanda initiation ceremonies to mark the end of male circumcision rituals, mbuya masquerades are now used to highlight a...


Bo Nun Amuin ('Gods of the Bush' Helmet Mask)

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Considered the most sacred of masks, the Baule of modern day Ivory Coast make use of the bo nun amuin mask (also called bonu amuin, amuin yasua or bonu amuen; meaning ‘gods of the bush’ or ‘gods risen from...


Goli (Entertainment Mask)

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The Baule of modern day Ivory Coast perform a number of dances for village entertainment; one such performance is known as goli. A recent import from the Wan ethnic group (believed to come into use among the Baule after...


Goli (Entertainment Mask)

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The Baule of modern day Ivory Coast perform a number of dances for village entertainment; one such performance is known as goli. A recent import from the Wan ethnic group (believed to come into use among the Baule after...


Goli (Entertainment Mask)

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The Baule of modern day Ivory Coast perform a number of dances for village entertainment; one such performance is known as goli. A recent import from the Wan ethnic group (believed to come into use among the Baule after...


Goli (Entertainment Mask)

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The Baule of modern day Ivory Coast perform a number of dances for village entertainment; one such performance is known as goli. A recent import from the Wan ethnic group (believed to come into use among the Baule after...


Doho (Serpent Mask)

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Bwa legend has it that the world was abandoned by God (Difini or Dobweni) after he was injured by a woman. To enable continued communication between man and himself, God sent his son, Do to earth to act as an intermediary....


Hemba (Initiation Mask)

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Makunda (also called n-khanda, m-khanda, longwa or nzo longo) is the Yaka and Suku initiation society used to transition male children into manhood. Suku boys are taken to a bush camp outside of the main village, circumcised,...


Makunda (Initiation Mask)

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Makunda (also called n-khanda, m-khanda, longwa or nzo longo) is the initiation society used to transition male children into manhood. Yaka boys considered ready for initiation (called tundansi) are taken to a bush camp...


Makunda (Initiation Mask)

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Makunda (also called n-khanda, m-khanda, longwa or nzo longo) is the initiation society used to transition male children into manhood. Yaka boys considered ready for initiation (called tundansi) are taken to a bush camp...


Bwoom (Commoner Helmet Mask)

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During male initiation ceremonies (nkaan), a helmet mask called bwoom is danced; the performance is used to teach initiates about Kuba history, cultural values and to instil an appreciation for Woot (the founding father and...


Ngaady aMwash (Mweel Mask)

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Legend has it that Woot (the first man created by God) contracted an illness, ran to the forest with his sister (Mweel) for recovery and they eventually emerged out of the forest as husband and wife after an incestuous...


Mukyeem (Woot Helmet Mask)

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The Kuba believe that they are descendants of Woot, the first man created by God (called Mboom, Mfcoom or Ncyeem aPoong in different sources). As the founding father and thus an ancestor of all Kuba kings (known as nyim),...


Nwenka (Sacred Helmet Mask)

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The Bobo of Burkina Faso believe that the earth was created by the supreme being Wuro. During the creation of man, Wuro also produced masks to act as physical representations of his son Duwo through which man could...


Molo (Sacred Helmet Mask)

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The Bobo of Burkina Faso believe that the earth was created by the supreme being Wuro. During the creation of man, Wuro also produced masks to act as physical representations of his son Duwo through which man could...


Yehoti (Butterfly Mask)

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Bwa legend has it that the world was abandoned by God (Difini or Dobweni) after he was injured by a woman. To enable continued communication between man and himself, God sent his son, Do to earth to act as an intermediary....


Duho (Hawk Mask)

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Bwa legend has it that the world was abandoned by God (Difini or Dobweni) after he was injured by a woman. To enable continued communication between man and himself, God sent his son, Do to earth to act as an intermediary....


Kipoko (Chief Helmet Mask)

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The Eastern Pende believe that the kipoko mask (meaning ‘sword user’; poko meaning ‘knife’ or ‘sword’) contains the spirit of male beauty and represents the Chief of the community. The big...


Mbuya (Village Mask)

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Mbuya village masks are used to entertain a community during non-ritual festivities. Once used during mukanda initiation ceremonies to mark the end of male circumcision rituals, mbuya masquerades are now used to highlight a...


Mbuya (Village Mask)

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Mbuya village masks are used to entertain a community during non-ritual festivities. Once used during mukanda initiation ceremonies to mark the end of male circumcision rituals, mbuya masquerades are now used to highlight a...


Makunda (Initiation Mask)

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Makunda (also called n-khanda, m-khanda, longwa or nzo longo) is the initiation society used to transition male children into manhood. Yaka boys considered ready for initiation (called tundansi) are taken to a bush camp...


Mbuya (Village Mask)

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Mbuya village masks are used to entertain a community during non-ritual festivities. Once used during mukanda initiation ceremonies to mark the end of male circumcision rituals, mbuya masquerades are now used to highlight a...


Mbuya (Village Mask)

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Mbuya village masks are used to entertain a community during non-ritual festivities. Once used during mukanda initiation ceremonies to mark the end of male circumcision rituals, mbuya masquerades are now used to highlight a...


Nwantantay (Water Spirit Mask)

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Bwa legend has it that the world was abandoned by God (Difini or Dobweni) after he was injured by a woman. To enable continued communication between man and himself, God sent his son, Do to earth to act as an intermediary....


Agbogho Mmwo (Maiden Spirit Helmet Mask)

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Used by the male Mmwo secret society, agbogho mmwo helmet masks (also called agbogho monnwu or ikorodo meaning ‘maiden spirit mask’) are used during annual ‘fame of maidens’ ceremonies to honour...


Ndoli Jowei (Sande Sowei Helmet Mask)

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The social, economic and spiritual lives of Mende men and women in Sierra Leone are governed by a number of secret initiation societies of which the primary societies are the male Poro (meaning ‘no end’ or...


Samana (Foreign Warrior Mask)

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The Dogon once believed that death did not exist, believing instead that immortal humans lived as serpents. However due to mankind breaking a religious restriction, people developed limited life-spans and eventually died. The...


Walu (Antelope Mask)

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The Dogon once believed that death did not exist, believing instead that immortal humans lived as serpents. However due to mankind breaking a religious restriction, people developed limited life-spans and eventually died. The...


Sim (Spirit Mask)

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The Dogon once believed that death did not exist, believing instead that immortal humans lived as serpents. However due to mankind breaking a religious restriction, people developed limited life-spans and eventually died. The...


Kanaga (Celestial Mask)

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The Dogon once believed that death did not exist, believing instead that immortal humans lived as serpents. However due to mankind breaking a religious restriction, people developed limited life-spans and eventually died. The...


Sirige ('Storied House' Mask)

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The Dogon once believed that death did not exist, believing instead that immortal humans lived as serpents. However due to mankind breaking a religious restriction, people developed limited life-spans and eventually died. The...


Wara (Great Mask)

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The Dogon once believed that death did not exist, believing instead that immortal humans lived as serpents. However due to mankind breaking a religious restriction, people developed limited life-spans and eventually died. The...


N'tomo (Ancestor Mask)

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The social, economic and spiritual lives of Bamana men, in Southwestern Mali, are governed by six initiation societies collectively known as Dyow (also called Jow sing. Dyo or Jo). The six societies are N’tomo (also...


Kpelie (Ancestor Mask)

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The social, economic and spiritual lives of Senufo men are governed by an overarching initiation society known as Poro. A Senufo man must pass through all stages of the initiation society to be considered a rounded man with...


Wanyugo (Funeral Helmet Mask)

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The wanyugo (also called wanyugu) mask, used by the Wabele society active within Southern Senufo sub-groups, functions mainly to detect and ward off the influences of witches, negative forces (dee bele) and bush spirits...


Epa (Ancestor Helmet Mask)

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Epa helmet masks are used to promote health and wellbeing within a community by celebrating and honouring ancestors, cultural heroes and important individuals (including mothers, priests, farmers, kings and hunters) within a...


Epa (Ancestor Helmet Mask)

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Epa helmet masks are used to promote health and wellbeing within a community by celebrating and honouring ancestors, cultural heroes and important individuals (including mothers, priests, farmers, kings and hunters) within a...


Epa (Ancestor Helmet Mask)

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Epa helmet masks are used to promote health and wellbeing within a community by celebrating and honouring ancestors, cultural heroes and important individuals (including mothers, priests, farmers, kings and hunters) within a...


Epa (Ancestor Helmet Mask)

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Epa helmet masks are used to promote health and wellbeing within a community by celebrating and honouring ancestors, cultural heroes and important individuals (including mothers, priests, farmers, kings and hunters) within a...


Epa (Ancestor Helmet Mask)

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Epa helmet masks are used to promote health and wellbeing within a community by celebrating and honouring ancestors, cultural heroes and important individuals (including mothers, priests, farmers, kings and hunters) within a...


Bedu (Moon Plank Mask)

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Found among three main ethnic groups, the Nafana, the Kulango and the Degho, bedu masks (meaning ‘moon’) are believed to represent the physical manifestation of a domesticated buffalo-like spirit...


Muti Wa Lipito ('Head of the Lipiko' Helmet Mask)

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Worn during male and female initiation ceremonies (Likumbi), muti wa lipiko helmet masks (pl. mapiko meaning ‘head of the Lipiko’) are a visual representation of past ancestors. The masks are used to demonstrate...


Mbap Mteng (Elephant Mask)

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Bamilekeland is divided into a number of smaller kingdoms each ruled by it’s own king (fon). The Bamileke believe that this ruling fon is an embodiment of the creator god and of past ancestors and as such possesses...


Chihongo (Spirit of Wealth Mask)

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Found amongst the Chokwe of Angola, these masculine masks (Chihongo, sometimes called Cihongo, meaning ‘spirit of wealth’) are used to symbolise wealth and power. The masqueraders wearing the mask pay homage to male...


Mwana Pwo (Young Woman Mask)

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Found amongst the Chokwe of Angola, these feminine masks (Pwo meaning ‘woman’ – an adult woman that has given birth and Mwana Pwo meaning ‘young woman’ – youthful, feminine beauty) are used to pay homage...


Bugle (War Mask)

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The Dan believe that ‘in’ and behind’ this world exists an essential force called dü which is usually described as a power that is present in all aspects of the world. Dü manifests itself as invisible spirits which may...


Kagle (Animal Mask)

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The Dan believe that ‘in’ and ‘behind’ this world exists an essential force called dü which is usually described as a power that is present in all aspects of the world. Dü manifests itself as invisible spirits...


Gägon (Bird Mask)

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The Dan believe that ‘in’ and behind’ this world exists an essential force called dü which is usually described as a power that is present in all aspects of the world. Dü manifests itself as invisible spirits which may...


Bagle (Dancing Mask)

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The Dan believe that ‘in’ and behind’ this world exists an essential force called dü which is usually described as a power that is present in all aspects of the world. Dü manifests itself as invisible spirits which may...


Zakpai (Fire Prevention Mask)

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The Dan believe that ‘in’ and behind’ this world exists an essential force called dü which is usually described as a power that is present in all aspects of the world. Dü manifests itself as invisible spirits which may...


Gunyege (Racing Mask)

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The Dan believe that ‘in’ and behind’ this world exists an essential force called dü which is usually described as a power that is present in all aspects of the world. Dü manifests itself as invisible spirits which may...


Tankagle (Entertainment Mask)

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The Dan believe that ‘in’ and behind’ this world exists an essential force called dü which is usually described as a power that is present in all aspects of the world. Dü manifests itself as invisible spirits which may...


Deangle (Circumcision Camp Mask)

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The Dan believe that ‘in’ and behind’ this world exists an essential force called dü which is usually described as a power that is present in all aspects of the world. Dü manifests itself as invisible spirits which may...


The Collection of Sidney & Bernice Clyman

June 27, 2020 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Sotheby's New York will present the collection of Sidney & Bernice Clyman on 29 and 30 June. Alexander Grogan, Head of the Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, explains why this sale is "special" and "unprecedented".


Parcours des Mondes 2020

Interview with Fair Director, Pierre Moos

June 24, 2020 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Despite the COVID-19 crisis, Parcours des Mondes is going ahead this year, much to the surprise of many. Have the organisers done enough to ensure visitor safety? You decide.


Send It Back!

Chronicling the African Art Repatriation Debate

June 05, 2020 By: Adenike Cosgrove

As the debate about the restitution and repatriation of looted African artworks and cultural artefacts rages on, we chronicle the timeline of events that have and continue to shape the question, should Western museums send back looted African art.


Collector Spotlight

Simi Launay, Portugal

May 28, 2020 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"Find something that you connect with and love because then it becomes something that you want to learn about. It becomes a new passion. It's not just about art... There's so much more to it. It opens up this door of learning that you can't tire from."


Collector Spotlight

Leinuo Zhang, Milan

May 07, 2020 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"You see how you look in the mirror, but you see exactly who you are in art. I feel myself, I see myself in African art. This is a vital reason that I began collecting. I feel that I cannot live without them."


Collector Spotlight

Anna Demina, Milan

April 10, 2020 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"To reduce the human form to its basic elements and do it perfectly... you immediately understand this is the human body and only geometrical forms are left of it."


Migrating Objects

Preview of the Peggy Guggenheim African Art Exhibition

April 05, 2020 By: Kathryn Cua

Everyone knows Peggy Guggenheim for her Modern art collection, but she collected exceptional classic African art too.


TEFAF Maastricht

Showcasing African Art at the 2020 Edition

March 16, 2020 By: Adenike Cosgrove

If like us, you didn’t make it to TEFAF in time, don’t worry, we got you. Browse the African art exhibited at this year's TEFAF Maastricht.


2020 State of the African Art Market

Voice of the Collector

February 27, 2020 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Discover who today’s collectors of African art are, what they are buying, and how they think the market will evolve over the next few years in ÌMỌ̀ DÁRA's 2020 State of the African Art Market report.


What Sold at BRAFA 2020

February 09, 2020 By: Adenike Cosgrove

BRAFA signals the start of the 2020 African art season. We review this year's edition and highlight some of the works that sold.


Classic Blue

Pantone's 2020 Colour of the Year in African Art

February 03, 2020 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Classic Blue is the Pantone 2020 'Colour of the Year'. We highlight examples of this year's colour in African art.


2020 Hotlist: Exhibitions to See This Year

Mark Your Calendars

January 18, 2020 By: Adenike Cosgrove

From Lynette Yiadom-Boakye at Tate Britain to Sahel at the Met, here are this year’s must-see museum exhibitions.


African Arts—Global Conversations

Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn: New York, United States

February 14, 2020 - November 15, 2020 Exhibition February 14, 2020 November 15, 2020 Europe/London African Arts—Global Conversations Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn: New York, United States

African Arts—Global Conversations puts African arts where they rightfully belong: within the global art historical canon. It brings those works into greater, meaningful art historical conversations and critiques previous ways that encyclopedic museums and the field of art have or have not included them. African Arts—Global Conversations presents thirty-three works, including twenty by African artists. Highlights include a celebrated eighteenth-century Kuba sculpture, fourteenth- to sixteenth-century Ethiopian Orthodox processional crosses, and a mid-twentieth-century Sierra Leonean Ordehlay or Jollay society mask. Also featured are recent works by Atta Kwami, Ranti Bam, Magdalene Odundo OBE, and Taiye Idahor, which are paired with artworks by Māori, Seminole, Spanish, American, Huastec, and Korean artists.


Second Careers: Two Tributaries in African Art

11150 East Boulevard: Cleveland, United States

November 01, 2020 - March 14, 2021 Exhibition November 01, 2020 March 14, 2021 Europe/London Second Careers: Two Tributaries in African Art 11150 East Boulevard: Cleveland, United States

Second Careers explores the connections between historical African art and contemporary practices through a selection of exemplary highlights from the museum’s African collection and loaned works. CMA objects from nine cultures in Central and West Africa—male and female figures and masks, masquerade costume, a hunter’s tunic, and a prestige throne—are juxtaposed with large-scale installations, sculptures, and photographs by six leading contemporary African artists. The exhibition considers the status of canonical African art objects when they begin their “second careers” upon entering museum collections.


African Art at the Van Buuren Museum

Van Buuren Museum, Avenue Léo Errera/Léo Erreralaan 41: Brussels, Belgium

January 19, 2020 - March 01, 2020 Exhibition January 19, 2020 March 01, 2020 Europe/London African Art at the Van Buuren Museum Van Buuren Museum, Avenue Léo Errera/Léo Erreralaan 41: Brussels, Belgium

It is on the initiative of Isabelle Anspach, curator of the Van Buuren Museum, that this emblematic home of Art Deco will host its very first exhibition of African art. Didier Claes, Vice-President of Brafa and curator of the exhibition, presents us with a remarkable and expertly chosen selection of major African works of art so in tune with the soul of the museum that they create an expressive connection that is nothing short of stunning. The beauty and astounding quality of the masks and sculptures on display all come from two Belgian collections.


Collector Spotlight

Leif Birger Holmstedt, Denmark

December 15, 2019 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"When I began collecting, I initially made a few purchasing mistakes. I was impressed by exciting 'hybrid' masks... I quickly got rid of these decorative ornamental pieces in favour of objects that had been consecrated and used in various forms of ceremonies and rituals."


Ninana (Ancestral Figure)

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Horsemen in 1500 created the Mossi states by conquering what is now northern Ghana into the basin of the White Volta River and imposed political authority over the farming groups occupying the land. The descendants of the...


Collector Spotlight

Robert Wilson, United States

November 12, 2019 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"My favourite piece is the one I am looking at. My advice—you can never see too much. Look, look, look!"


What Sold at Parcours des Mondes 2019

September 22, 2019 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Parcours des Mondes signals the start of the autumn African art season. We review the 2019 edition and highlight some of the works that sold this year.


Collector Spotlight

Marc Franklin, United States

September 01, 2019 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"Africa is the future; there’s no doubt. African art and its contemporary quality—its contemporary reliance on traditional aspects of aesthetics—is just too important to die. It can't."


Africa Reimagined

How Classic African Art Influences Contemporary Art

August 30, 2019 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"Africa is continuing". New forms of traditional art are being created every day and classic works of African art continue to inspire today's contemporary artists. Explore the influence the classics have on contemporary works.


Kiyunde (Buffalo Headdress)

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Two types of masks are used in Tabwa culture. The first type takes form in an anthropomorphic facial or full-head mask. The second kind is a massive buffalo mask that’s worn on one’s head, sometimes with wooden handles...


Changing Narratives with Endy C. Ezeluomba

The Curator of African Art at NOMA on Restitution and the Future of African Art

July 26, 2019 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Ndubuisi “Endy” C. Ezeluomba, Françoise Billion Richardson Curator of African Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art, shares his thoughts on restitution, connecting the classic and contemporary, and the future of African art.


Collector Spotlight

Anahita Sadighi, Berlin

July 22, 2019 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"Do enough research before you buy something and to buy from great dealers."


Fiction Congo

Gablerstrasse 15, 8002: Zürich, Switzerland

November 22, 2019 - March 15, 2020 Exhibition November 22, 2019 March 15, 2020 Europe/London Fiction Congo Gablerstrasse 15, 8002: Zürich, Switzerland

Up to the present day, the Congo serves as a screen for the projection of Western as well as African ideas and fictions. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is famous for its vibrant art scene. Nowhere else in Africa is artistic creativity so diverse, inventive, and at the pulse of time. Still, in the past, too, people in the Congo brought forth impressive masks, figures, and designer pieces, many of which today rank as icons of African art. For the first time, the exhibition presents objects and photographs brought back from the Congo in 1938/39 by the art ethnologist Hans Himmelheber: colourful masks, powerful figures and artfully designed everyday objects. This contrasts with contemporary positions of renowned Congolese artists.


Something That Binds

Preview of 'IncarNations: African Art as Philosophy'

June 30, 2019 By: Adenike Cosgrove

'IncarNations. African Art as Philosophy' crosses the African continent in search of the essence of African art. Preview the show and hear from its curator, Kendell Geers, by reading his opening speech to the exhibition.


Under Malick Sidibé’s Eye

Rue Jean-Calvin, 10: Genève, Switzerland

June 19, 2019 - January 12, 2020 Exhibition June 19, 2019 January 12, 2020 Europe/London Under Malick Sidibé’s Eye Rue Jean-Calvin, 10: Genève, Switzerland

Malick Sidibé (1935–2016), a famous Malian photographer, was granted the Hasselblad Award in 2003, among other prizes, and received a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2007. He is the first artist to earn these two prestigious distinctions. The Musée Barbier-Mueller is paying tribute to this photographer, whose body of work the visitor will first discover through a dozen unpublished portraits, taken within the framework of a competition featuring songs against AIDS, organized in Mali by Monique Barbier-Mueller in 2005. Malick Sidibé photographed the finalists in the competition in front of the unchanging striped backdrop and black-and-white checked floor of his studio. These songs, which bear messages about preventing AIDS, were broadcast to the Malian population over regional radio stations and are retransmitted here. Better-known prints, displayed in the basement, bring the Mali of the 1960s–1970s back to life and bear witness to the kind, curious, and spirited gaze with which Malick Sidibé regarded his peers. The museum wishes to showcase Mali, while at the same time promoting its traditional arts. Extraordinary pieces, including pendants, ornaments and figurines, masks, seats, and statues belonging to the Soninke, Dogon, and Bamana peoples, to cite only a few, are thus exhibited on the mezzanine. Brought together in the museum for the first time, these works will show the artists’ admirable creativity, while opening a window on the many rites and beliefs they sustain.


The Marceau Rivière Collection

Preview of the Upcoming Sotheby's Auction

June 16, 2019 By: Adenike Cosgrove

The Sotheby's sale of the Marceau Rivière COllection kicks off tomorrow! Here's what to keep an eye out for during the auction.


Artist Spotlight

Kofi Cole, United States

June 13, 2019 By: Adenike Cosgrove

'Kofi Cole', the artist pseudonym used by African art historian Herbert M. Cole, creates miniature versions of classic African figures and masks. In this Artist Spotlight, we hear from Kofi Cole about his love of African art and his creations which praise the small.


Tristan Tzara

Poet, Writer, Film Producer, and Collector

June 01, 2019 By: Leif Birger Holmstedt

In his 'Note on Negro Art', Tristan Tzara proclaimed that "black draws light". The father of the Dada art movement was a passionate collector of historical African art. We explore who Tzara was and what drove his love of art from the African continent.


Geh-Naw (Initiation Headdress)

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The geh-naw is an initiation headdress worn by the Chu-den-zo initiation society of the Bassa people in Liberia. The Bassa are a part of Poro society, brought into it by the neighbouring Dei and Kpelle people.

As a...


Duein Fubara (Ancestor Memorial Screen)

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The Kalabari Ijo began creating ancestral screens during the nineteenth century as a way to honour, memorialise and communicate with deceased leaders of ‘war canoe houses’. Called duein fubara (sometimes written as...


Collector Spotlight

Jean & Noble Endicott, United States

April 06, 2019 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"Learn to tell real from fake. That’s my number one concern. So many collectors have spent a lot of money building collections with hundreds of fakes!"


Ex-Africa

Stories and Identities of a Universal Art

March 19, 2019 By: Elio Revera || Ilaria Pol Bodetto

I had the pleasure and the honour of being asked to collaborate on the preparation of this important exhibition. The following presentation, which accompanies the event, is the result of the joining of forces between those that knew and appreciated Ezio Bassani.


Royal Arts of Ghana

Gold Ornaments from the Hartmann Collection

March 02, 2019 By: Dr. David Zemanek

The appreciation of West African gold objects is based on their richness of form and highly sophisticated craftsmanship. We delve into the skill involved in making royal Akan gold ornaments by reviewing works from the Hartmann Collection.


2019 State of the African Art Market

Voice of the Collector

February 28, 2019 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Discover who today’s collectors of African art are, what they are buying, and how they think the market will evolve over the next few years in ÌMỌ̀ DÁRA's 2019 State of the African Art Market report.


Bilondo (Bwami Insignia)

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The social and spiritual lives of the Lega people are governed by a central initiation society known as Bwami; Bwami is responsible for teaching morality through community performances, dances and objects. The Bwami...


Ex Africa: Stories and Identities of a Universal Art

Museo Civico Archeologico, Via dell’Archiginnasio: Bologna, Italy

March 29, 2019 - September 08, 2019 Exhibition March 29, 2019 September 08, 2019 Europe/London Ex Africa: Stories and Identities of a Universal Art Museo Civico Archeologico, Via dell’Archiginnasio: Bologna, Italy

“Ex Africa semper aliquid novi”, wrote Pliny the Elder in his Naturalis Historia, and this is the start for our exhibition that shows us how African and European affairs have intermingled EVER since ancient times. This will be done through ‘stories’ of art, identity, journeys and encounters, beginning with travellers’ tales and the first contacts between Europeans and Africans. The exhibition is divided into a number of sections: from formal quality expressed by large and small works to ancient objects from famous African kingdoms, together with masks and figures representing rituals and power.


Artist Spotlight

Nathan Mabry, United States

February 10, 2019 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Nathan Mabry’s work transforms the known into the new and the unexpected. Mabry melds classic African art with the contemporary, producing works in wood, plaster, and clay that satirise modernist derivates of historical works. Through his work, Mabry questions the narratives of progress that frame the history of Western art.


Rage Against the Machine

Highlights of BRAFA 2019

February 03, 2019 By: Adenike Cosgrove

BRAFA 2019 closes this weekend. Here's what to expect at the fair this year.


Dealer Spotlight

Nicolas Paszukiewicz & Sébastien Hauwaert, Belgium

January 23, 2019 By: Ilaria Pol Bodetto || Deborah Dainese

"Young collectors need to exercise patience. They do not need to create their collection in six months, it doesn’t work like that. Collecting should be a lifetime passion, there’s no need to rush. Take your time, have fun—there’s nothing more rewarding."


The African Mona Lisa

Ben Enwonwu's 'Tutu'

January 18, 2019 By: Sandro Capo Chichi

Many have bemoaned the label 'African Mona Lisa' used to describe Ben Enwonwu's 'Tutu'. But is it a justified appellation? Sandro Capo Chichi investigates.


Leon Underwood

Sculptor, Scholar, and Collector

January 13, 2019 By: Leif Birger Holmstedt

Leon Underwood was the father of British modernism, tutor to Henry Moore. But did you know that he collected classic African art too?


Native Tribal Art, Modern Art and 20th Century Furniture

Rue de Ruysbroeck 5: Brussels, Belgium

January 25, 2020 - January 25, 2020 Auction January 25, 2020 January 25, 2020 Europe/London Native Tribal Art, Modern Art and 20th Century Furniture Rue de Ruysbroeck 5: Brussels, Belgium

With our selection of tribal works, we propose elegant and demanding XXth century modern art and furniture. Important Songye mask, lot 37


Preview of the Sotheby's Paris 2018 Autumn Auction

The Pierre Bergé Collection

October 19, 2018 By: Pierre Mollfulleda

Pierre Bergé's estate, including his collection of African art, is coming up for sale at Sotheby’s, and the estimates caught our eye!


RAGO Tribal Art from the Collection of Allan Stone

333 North Main Street, Lambertville: New Jersey, United States

October 19, 2018 - October 19, 2018 Auction October 19, 2018 October 19, 2018 Europe/London RAGO Tribal Art from the Collection of Allan Stone 333 North Main Street, Lambertville: New Jersey, United States

Tribal Art from the Collection of Allan Stone and Various Other Owners encompasses 250+ lots, mostly African in origin, but also Oceanic, Asian, North and South American Stone was one of the great collectors of the 20th century. Tribal arts was one of his passions. This sale, vetted and catalogued by specialist-in-charge John Buxton, continues a long and successful relationship, with Rago representing property from Stone’s collection across multiple categories. Highlights: The Flores Island couple featured as the frontispiece in The Eloquent Dead: Ancestral Sculpture of Indonesia and Southeast Asia; a well-known Fiji Island figure with provenance to the James Hooper Collection, along with other important artifacts from Melanesia and Polynesia; many fine objects from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, notable among them an important Songe kifwebe mask; a Royal Bamileke sculpture; a fine Lobala drum; and an important Igbo totemic Ikenga post.


Parcours des Mondes 2018

But What Do the People Think?

September 26, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

The autumn African art season of 2018 kicked off with the 17th edition of the Paris art fair, Parcours des Mondes. We asked this year's fair visitors to share their highlights from the show.


Wifredo Lam

Cuban Artist & Collector: Reclaiming African Symbolism

September 23, 2018 By: Leif Birger Holmstedt

Cuban artist Wifredo Lam was a frontrunner of a cross-cultural state of style that subsumed Western modernism with African and Caribbean symbolism. His search for an artistic standpoint brought him in contact with the avant-garde movements of his age, movements that all had great significance in his work.


L’Art Rituel and the Aesthetics of the Real

Trauma and Magic

September 19, 2018 By: Srdjan Sremac

Ritual objects express the philosophical and aesthetical maxim of life. Ritual performance functions as a framework that enables entrusting one’s self to the unexpected, uncharted way of 'traumatic' reality in which the sublime emerges.


Collector Spotlight

William Harper, United States

August 09, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"In the exhibition were three small Fon bocio figures. They had a kind of mystery that I had been trying to bring into my own work. Seeing the Fon figures was one of those moments when the lightbulb went off in my head."


ÌMỌ̀ DÁRA Reading List

Books to Pack on Your Holiday

August 09, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

We asked eight collectors to share their favourite books on African art to help you decide on your holiday reading.


The Liliane and Michel Durand-Dessert Collection

Preview of the Upcoming Christie’s Auction

June 22, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Christie’s Paris will present the collection of Liliane and Michel Durand-Dessert. Bruno Claessens, European Head of African and Oceanic Art, explains who the couple is behind the collection and why this sale is not only unique but also important.


Reclaiming History

The Return of Stolen Works from the Dundo Museum

June 15, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

The Sindika Dokolo Foundation identifies and recovers six additional works stolen from the Dundo Museum in Angola. Find out what the foundation has been up to since we last spoke to Sindika.


Pierre Dartevelle

50 Years of Collecting

May 22, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

For the first time, the private collection of Pierre Dartevelle, the internationally renowned African Art dealer will be on show at Lempertz. We preview some of the major works that will be on display at the exhibition.


Corneille

An Artist and His African Adventure

May 19, 2018 By: Leif Birger Holmstedt

The Dutch artist Guillaume Cornelis van Beverloo (Corneille) found inspiration for his work in classic African masks and figures. Learn how his style evolved and what his collection consisted.


Bead Art from Africa: The Mottas Collection

Gablerstrasse 15, 8002: Zürich, Switzerland

May 07, 2018 - October 21, 2018 Exhibition May 07, 2018 October 21, 2018 Europe/London Bead Art from Africa: The Mottas Collection Gablerstrasse 15, 8002: Zürich, Switzerland

The exhibition on the aesthetic and meaning of beadwork focuses for the first time on women as artists. Whether in the shape of fine ornaments, impressive masks, or royal stools – bead art from southern, eastern and western Africa is admired for the delicacy of its workmanship and the diversity of styles. Manufactured in Europe for the African market from the 17th century on, glass beads are indicative of the early stages of globalisation. However, glass beads never merely served decorative or ornamental purposes; the colours and designs also convey intricate messages about age, gender, and identity of the persons wearing the pieces.


Tits and Pricks

About Hermione Waterfield
and the Creation of the ‘Tribal Art’ Department at Christie’s

May 02, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Hermione Waterfield joined Christie's auction house in 1961 and created the dedicated 'Tribal Art' department in 1975. Read how Hermione came to create the ‘Tribal Art’ department and her thoughts on the evolving market.


Pierre Dartevelle, 50 Years of Collecting

6 Rue du Grand Cerf: Brussels, Belgium

May 24, 2018 - July 06, 2018 Exhibition May 24, 2018 July 06, 2018 Europe/London Pierre Dartevelle, 50 Years of Collecting 6 Rue du Grand Cerf: Brussels, Belgium

An exhibition at Lempertz showcases for the first time the exceptional collection of inveterate dealer Pierre Dartevelle. He spent a great deal of time in Central Africa beginning in the middle of the 1960s and was, among other things, the discoverer of Hemba statuary. The approximately 100 objects shown span areas of the Congo such as Shaba, Kasaï, and the Lower Congo. Material from the latter is among the strongest suits of his collection. Songye figures; Lega masks; Lower Congo fetishes; wood, bronze, and ivory objects; and spectacular effigies all give us insight into the mind of a man with a consuming passion for the traditional arts of Africa. Laurent Jacob, who was also co-curator for the exhibition on Edmond Dartevelle (Pierre’s father) at the Musée Président Jacques Chirac in 2010, is responsible for putting together this show. He is assisted here by Tim Teuten of Lempertz auction house, where the show is being presented, who adds his expertise to the subject.


Collector Spotlight

Mamadou-Abou & Catherine Sarr, United States

April 21, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"When we eventually had the means, we were so eager to make the connection between our upbringing and an art collection, especially photography. From that first piece in Gabon, to where we are today, I’d say that we have a very eclectic collection from artists from around the world yet with a focus on photography from the African Diaspora."


Provenance

A Story In History

April 15, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Provenance. Everyone talks about it but how many really understand it? We spent time with Hermione Waterfield, founder of the 'Tribal Art' department at Christie’s, to learn what 'good' provenance is.


Exploring Motherhood in African Arts

April 06, 2018 By: Herbert M. Cole

Mother and child imagery is prevalent on the African continent. Maternity images are used by everyone, from commoners to diviners, priests to kings—varied objects used in everyday and ritual life. Learn more about portrayals of mothers and their children in this preview of 'Maternity: Mothers and Children in the Arts of Africa'.


Artist Spotlight

Dimitri Fagbohoun, France

March 15, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Born in Benin, growing up in Cameroon, and now working between Paris, Brussels and Cotonou, Dimitri Fagbohoun's work questions what it is to be 'African'. Fagbohoun reflects on his background and history, straddling geographical and artistic boundaries. Learn how Dimitri interprets classic works of African art.


Collector Spotlight

Montague Hermann, United States

March 08, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

“While most were milling around traditional pieces [at the Dakar Biennale] I thought, there’s really cool stuff over here, there’s a conversation to be had about contemporary African art.”


Through the Eyes of Picasso

February 27, 2018 By: Rachel Kabukala

This exhibition, at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, explores Pablo Picasso’s life-long fascination with African art. It unites his paintings and sculpture with art that fuelled his own creative exploration. See works that Picasso collected, lived with, and kept with him through numerous studio moves.


New Book: Something Magical

The Kwagh-Hir of the Tiv

February 24, 2018 By: Ethan Rider

At the end of the colonial period, the Tiv of Nigeria invented the Kwagh-Hir masquerade to reaffirm their traditions. The Jerome Bunch Collection, assembled over many years and exceeding 1,000 pieces, is one of the largest collections of Kwagh-Hir material in the world. Get a preview of the new book featuring Jerome's collection.


Collector Spotlight

Javier Peres, Berlin

February 13, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"The mistakes that I made were collecting purely impulsively and not really studying and comparing and doing the legwork. Because early on, not doing the preliminary steps can be very detrimental. Late in the game, now, I can make a really quick decision on something and the likelihood of me screwing up is a lot less."


Robert Jacobsen

Artist and Collector

February 09, 2018 By: Leif Birger Holmstedt

When asked why he collects African art, artist Robert Jacobsen said, "I have always been interested in art related to magic. It invites the imagination..."


Splendid Splendour

Our Review of BRAFA 2018

January 28, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

BRAFA 2018 is now in full swing. Here's a preview of what to expect at the fair this year.


Kablé (Buffalo Headdress)

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The Tussian (called Tusiã, Tusian, Toussian, and Tusya, in various sources) are a small ethnic group in Burkina Faso. All men and some women within the community must be initiated into the Dó (also called Dou) association....


2018 State of the African Art Market

Voice of the Collector

January 05, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Discover who today’s collectors of African art are, what they are buying, and how they think the market will evolve over the next few years in ÌMỌ̀ DÁRA's first State of the African Art Market report.


Beyond Flight: Birds in African Art

The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive: Baltimore, United States

December 20, 2017 - June 10, 2018 Exhibition December 20, 2017 June 10, 2018 Europe/London Beyond Flight: Birds in African Art The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive: Baltimore, United States

This exhibition presents approximately 20 works that illustrate the honored place birds hold within numerous African cultures. Inspired by our recent acquisition of a rare Pende Gitenga mask of the early to mid-20th century, the exhibition considers the role of birds within initiation, healing, and harvest rituals; within home décor and security; and within hunting practices. Long considered wondrous beings that transcend known worlds, birds have enjoyed a strong and steady presence in African life for centuries. Included are works that cite birds by material or motif made in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nigeria.


Africa: Artists of Yesterday and Today

Fondation Clément, Domaine de L'Acajou, 97240 Le François: Martinique, France

January 21, 2018 - May 06, 2018 Exhibition January 21, 2018 May 06, 2018 Europe/London Africa: Artists of Yesterday and Today Fondation Clément, Domaine de L'Acajou, 97240 Le François: Martinique, France

In partnership with Clement Foundation, the Dapper Foundation presents 'Africa - Artists of Yesterday and Today' featuring nearly 100 major pieces from the Dapper collection. A Fang reliquary figure from, a dance stick in honour of the god Shango from Nigeria, a Punu mask from Gabon, a statuette of Ivory Coast embodying a mystical spouse all conjure up practices that in the West Indies touch deep in the privacy of individuals. This selection of major pieces from the Dapper Foundation's collection reveal a vast repertoire of representative styles from across sub-Saharan African societies.


Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa’s Arts

November 28, 2017 By: Kevin D. Dumouchelle

'Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts', the National Museum of African Art’s new permanent collection installation curated by Kevin D. Dumouchelle, Christine Mullen Kreamer, and Karen E. Milbourne, represents the broadest possible range of Africa’s creative visual expressions. Featuring over 300 works of art, 'Visionary' takes as its central premise the primary activity, of 'looking'.


Carl Kjersmeier

Pioneer Among Collectors of African Art

November 21, 2017 By: Leif Birger Holmstedt

Carl Kjersmeier was a passionate collector of classic African art. He devoted his life to not only collecting art but strived to understand the work processes of the artists that created these objects. Learn about the life, journey, and passion of this poet at heart.


Collector Spotlight

Magnus & Tina Svensson, Sweden

November 14, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"The most important piece of advice is to see and touch as many pieces as you can. Train your eye and you will begin to see the differences sooner or later. Then you will see pieces and know, that one—no, that one—yes!"


Dealer Spotlight

Dr. David Zemanek, Germany

November 10, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"Be passionate about the work you collect. Don't only look at the provenance of an object but also consider its artistic qualities. There is no masterpiece waiting for you on eBay….so buy from trusted sources. Share your passion with other collectors, get as much information as possible about an object, before you acquire it."


Oṣogbo Art Movement

An Introduction to Modern Nigerian Art

November 04, 2017 By: Dr. David Zemanek

The Oṣogbo art movement took root in the early '60s, paving the way for a new generation of modern Nigerian artists. Learn how some of these innovative artists evolved traditional Nigerian culture into modern art.


Les Forêts Natales: In Their Native Forests Preview

Arts of Atlantic Equatorial Africa

October 28, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

An exhibition at the Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac looks at the principle artistic styles of the cultural groups from southern Cameroon, Republic of Equatorial Guinea, the Gabonese Republic, and west of the Republic of the Congo.


Joseph Aurélien Cornet

and His Importance to Classic Congolese Art

October 15, 2017 By: Leif Birger Holmstedt

Father Joseph Cornet has been described as a man devoted to study, teaching, and art. Based on his time and experiences in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, spent with chiefs and as director of the Institut des Musées Nationaux du Zaïre, he has authored a number of books on classic art from Africa. Learn about J. A. Cornet’s work, life, and research.


Collector Spotlight

Tonia Marek, France

October 10, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"I now collect two types of beads from Africa; those that either have a history—ancient glass beads—and beads that are used in rituals by African traditional healers, or in animistic rites. I discovered those functions of beads in West Africa, and I started documenting those uses, bead by bead."


Journey Through Treasures

Three Takeaways From Parcours des Mondes 2017

September 24, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Another year, another Parcours des Mondes over but boy what a show. Revisit some of the masterpieces and highlights from the fair.


Parcours des Mondes 2017

First Impressions by First-Timers

September 21, 2017 By: Deborah Dainese | Ilaria Pol Bodetto

Parcours des Mondes is over but the magic lives on for these two first-timers! Relive the experience of attending the world's best fair for Classic African art through fresh eyes.


Free Book: Dogon – Images & Traditions

September 18, 2017 By: Huib Blom

Dogon architecture, culture, and art has fascinated the West since the early twentieth century. Dutch photographer, Huib Blom's 'Dogon—Images & Traditions' sheds light on the landscapes, architectures, and art of the Malian ethnic group. What's more, the book is now free to download!


New Book: Africa, in the Shadow of the Gods

African Collections of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit

August 30, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove | Nicolas Rolland

September 2017 will see the publication of 'Africa, in the shadow of the gods', a book about the incredible history of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit in African over the last three centuries. Never-before-seen classic African art masterpieces from the Congregation's collection are exposed for the first time.


Meet the African Art Museums of Instagram

August 27, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

We've curated a list of 10 museums that regularly post images of African art masterpieces in their collections, keeping us in the know about recent acquisitions and events. Here are the museums with collections of stunning classic African art.


The Native Forests. Arts of the Atlantic Equatorial Africa

37 Quai Branly, 75007: Paris, France

October 03, 2017 - January 21, 2018 Exhibition October 03, 2017 January 21, 2018 Europe/London The Native Forests. Arts of the Atlantic Equatorial Africa 37 Quai Branly, 75007: Paris, France

Equatorial Africa has given the African arts some of its most outstanding masterpieces. From the plastic power of the Fang to the naturalist elegance of the Punu, a panorama of the main artistic styles of this vast region. In the heart of Atlantic Equatorial Africa, the cultural area encompassing the Gabonese Republic, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Southern Cameroon and the West of the Republic of Congo, is a region of great sculptural tradition. The plastic genius of the artists Fang, Kota, Tsogo and Punu is particularly illustrated in a religious sculpture linked to the cult of ancestors and the masks of spirit. Through a selection of emblematic - and often unique - works of major public and private collections, the exhibition proposes to study its main styles, in the manner of a "classical" art history. To explore the correspondences, mutations and peculiarities of the artistic production of the numerous groups inhabiting a vast area shaped by the migrations. To reveal, in short, the creativity and exceptional originality of the arts of each of the peoples of the Atlantic equatorial forest.


Artist Spotlight

Kendell Geers, South Africa

August 17, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

South African born, Belgian artist Kendell Geers, uses art to challenge notions of identity. We hear from Kendell, in his own words, how classic African art has inspired his work and helped him question and define his identity.


10 Must-See Pieces at Tribal Art London

August 06, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

September 6th will see the return of Tribal Art London, signalling the start of the autumn African art season. We asked ten dealers to each share the one African art piece they believe visitors will be excited about.


ÌMỌ̀ DÁRA Reading List

"Reading Is Fundamental"

July 27, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

To get you daydreaming during your holidays, and to prepare you for the African art fairs and auctions coming up in September, we've compiled a list of five books we can't wait to get lost in this summer.


Christie’s Art d’Afrique, d’Océanie et d’Amérique du Nord

9 Avenue Matignon: Paris, France

June 29, 2020 - June 29, 2020 Auction June 29, 2020 June 29, 2020 Europe/London Christie’s Art d’Afrique, d’Océanie et d’Amérique du Nord 9 Avenue Matignon: Paris, France

Highlights from this season’s curated Arts of Africa, Oceania and North America sale in Paris include works of art from the Collection of James and Marilynn Alsdorf featuring African masterpieces, such as a newly discovered Akan terracotta head and North American art. The Oceanic section of our April 8th sale is highlighted by a gope board and agipa hook both collected by Thomas Schultze-Westrum in Papua New Guinea. The African art section includes works from an Important European Private Collection, including a major Urhobo statue from Nigeria, a museum-quality Igbo couple and beautiful masks from the Fang, Chokwe and Punu. From a Belgian collection, an important Songye kifwebe masks will be offered at auction, as well as a rare Songye power figure with a turned head.


Artist Spotlight

Wole Lagunju, Nigeria

July 01, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Drawing from his childhood experiences in Oṣogbo and professional life in urban Lagos, Wole combines classical Gelede masks with European imagery to explore themes about culture, prestige, race, and globalisation.


Collector Spotlight

Kristina Achmann-Paul & Andreas Achmann, Germany

June 29, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"Take your time before any purchase. Do intense research before you decide on a piece. Do not let yourself be pressured by anyone. Even if this special item is sold by the time you have decided to go for it, there will be another piece."


Living Traditions, Creative Present. Art from Africa

Maximilianstraße 42: Munich, Germany

June 24, 2017 - December 31, 2017 Exhibition June 24, 2017 December 31, 2017 Europe/London Living Traditions, Creative Present. Art from Africa Maximilianstraße 42: Munich, Germany

Africa is considered the cradle of humanity - all our ancestors come from there. Today the continent comprises more than 50 countries and has the world's widest range of languages ​​and cultures. The exhibition presents impressive examples of traditional art from sub-Saharan Africa. The spectrum ranges from courtly bronzes from the realm of Benin, powerful power figures from the Congregation and centuries-old filigree Ivory carvings from West Africa to fascinating ancestral sculptures or masks from Mali to Tanzania. A special focus of the exhibition are works by international contemporary artists such as Romuald Hazoumé, El Loko, Pieter Hugo and Ransome Stanley.


Harnessing Ojú Inú

Discussing the LACMA ‘Inner Eye’ Exhibition

June 22, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

LACMA's ‘The Inner Eye: Vision and Transcendence in African Arts’ show is exhibiting 100 iconic African art objects that explore how the arts reflect cultural ideas of vision and visuality. In a conversation with Dr. Polly Nooter Roberts, consulting curator of African art at LACMA, we discuss the theme behind the show, its star pieces, and her recommendations on how collectors can use their ‘inner eyes’.


Ogbodo Enyi (Elephant Spirit Headdress)

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The Izzi Igbo of Nigeria make use of a crest mask, or headdress, called ogbodo enyi, to cleanse each community of evil spirits and distructive elements, and are also used as agents for social control. Enyi meaning either...


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Parcours des Mondes Preview with Javier Peres

June 18, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Parcours des Mondes has been instrumental in encouraging people to visit classic African art galleries in Paris. We joined this year's honorary president, Javier Peres, to discuss the three African art objects he views as highlights of Parcours des Mondes 2017, set to run from Tuesday 12 to Sunday 17th September.


Preserving African Art

Maintaining Collection Integrity

June 09, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Anne-Catherine Kenis has a 30-year career in restoring and preserving classic African art. We speak to her to learn what collectors can do to maintain the integrity of their African art objects.


Collector Spotlight

Richard Ulevitch, United States

June 02, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"I like all spoons—East Africa, South, West. To me every culture has its own artistic vision of a spoon. The creativity is so appealing given that all a spoon needs is a handle and a bowl to make it functional. But African spoons go beyond the functional, a lot of thought goes into the carving."


Dealer Spotlight

Carlo Bella, United States

May 24, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"In [the early] days a lot of objects were available on the market. There was a tremendous amount of material in galleries, in collections, at auction, in museums. It was much easier to be in contact with a variety of objects… it was a very open world. Collectors used to throw parties at the time of auctions. The parties were fantastic, great objects and great people."


The Nelson A. Rockefeller Collection

Catalogues from the Museum of Primitive Art Available Online

May 14, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

The Museum of Primitive Art was the first museum in the U.S. dedicated to art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Now part of the Metropolitan Museum, 72 catalogues from past MPA exhibitions have been digitised and made available free online. Here we highlight the catalogues of exhibitions featuring African art.


Sotheby’s Classic & Contemporary Art Exhibition Review

Highlighting the Universality of Classic African Art

May 10, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Sotheby’s will hold its annual African and Oceanic art auction in New York on May 15, 2017 and in Paris on 21 June 2017. We spent time with Alexis Maggiar, International Specialist of African and Oceanic art and Director at Sotheby’s Paris and Brussels, to discuss the latest Sotheby’s exhibition of African, Oceanic, and contemporary art.


Artist Spotlight

Marc Montaret, Senegal

May 06, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Self-taught artist, Marc Montaret creates contemporary interpretations of classic African sculptures and masks, in a bid to drive the rediscovery of ancient art forms. See how Marc exposes the relationship between the modern and the traditional.


Collector Spotlight

Sindika Dokolo, Angola

May 03, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"I’m working to create the best collection of classic African art in the world."


Duafe (Comb)

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Demonstrating the dual nature that can exist in classic African art, Akan duafe combs represent the combination of art and function. These decorative combs are used by Akan women to groom and style their hair but also to adorn...


Awidie (Heddle Pulley)

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Across much of West Africa, weavers make use of loom, foot peddle, and heddle pulley combinations to weave simple or elaborate single strip textiles and cloth. An example of such a loom is that used by the Akan to create...


Preview of the Christie’s Paris 2017 Spring Auction: Part II

The Laprugne Collection

March 30, 2017 By: Aurore Krier-Mariani

Christie's 2017 spring African art auction has shifted to April to align “with the rhythm of the market“—coinciding with the fourth edition of Paris Tribal, and the ‘Picasso Primitif’ exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac. View works from the Laprugne collection of the April sale.


Artist Spotlight

Jean-Claude Moschetti, France

March 29, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Photographer Jean-Claude Moschetti aims to capture the metaphysical realm that exists beyond our perceived reality. His series, 'Magic on earth', captures the masquerades of Sierra Leone, Benin, Guinea and Burkina Faso to highlight the coexistence of the supernatural and the mundane—to explore the visual and spiritual elements of masquerading in West Africa today.


Preview of the Christie’s Paris 2017 Spring Auction: Part I

African Art from Various Owners

March 24, 2017 By: Aurore Krier-Mariani

Christie's 2017 spring African art auction has shifted to April to align “with the rhythm of the market“—coinciding with the fourth edition of Paris Tribal, and the ‘Picasso Primitif’ exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac. View works from the second part of the April sale that will no doubt be successes.


Tefalipitya (Champion Cultivator Staff)

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Before ‘gamification’ was a word, the Senufo of Ivory Coast were already leveraging its principles. In an effort to introduce competition, sport and fun into the arduous task of farming, young men work the land,...


Tefalipitya (Champion Cultivator Staff)

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Before ‘gamification’ was a word, the Senufo of Ivory Coast were already leveraging its principles. In an effort to introduce competition, sport and fun into the arduous task of farming, young men work the land,...


Gahariga (Hornbill Figure)

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The social, economic and spiritual lives of Senufo men are governed by an overarching initiation society known as Poro. A Senufo man must pass through all stages of the initiation society to be considered a rounded man with...


Dolaba (Sigi Ceremonial Staff)

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The Dogon once believed that death did not exist, believing instead that immortal humans lived as serpents. However due to mankind breaking a religious restriction, people developed limited life-spans and eventually died. The...


Komokun (Beast Headdress)

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The social, economic and spiritual lives of Bamana men, in Southwestern Mali, are governed by a six initiation societies collectively known as dyow (sing. dyo). The six societies are n’domo, kòmò, nama, kono, chi wara...


The Inner Eye: Vision and Transcendence in African Arts

5905 Wilshire Blvd.: Los Angeles, United States

February 26, 2017 - July 09, 2017 Exhibition February 26, 2017 July 09, 2017 Europe/London The Inner Eye: Vision and Transcendence in African Arts 5905 Wilshire Blvd.: Los Angeles, United States

The Inner Eye: Vision and Transcendence in African Arts features 100 outstanding sculptures and eye-catching textiles that explore how the arts and their visual regimes enable transitions from one stage of life to the next and from one state of being to another. Works reflect culturally specific notions of visuality and celebrate artists as agents of insight and transformation. Iconic figures, masks, initiation objects, and reliquary guardians guide people to spirit realms, to the highest levels of esoteric wisdom, and to the afterlife. Many works possess downcast eyes of contemplation and spiritual reverence, while others depict piercing projections of power and protection, or a multiplicity of eyes for heightened vigilance and awareness. The exhibition addresses various ways of seeing and encourages viewers to notice how works were made to look upon, gaze within, and see beyond ordinary limitations.


Dealer Spotlight

Dori Rootenberg, United States

February 20, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"Work with respected dealers. It’s easy to be fooled by an object that looks authentic but isn't. The world of African art is a fairly small community. Work with dealers that are open, transparent and willing to share information."


Togu Na (Shelter Post)

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The first shelter built and found in all Dogon villages, the togu na is a sanctuary for men to gather and discuss matters pertaining to the community’s wellbeing, success and protection. Strictly forbidden to women, togu...


Woolley & Wallis Tribal Art & Antiquities

51-61 Castle Street, Salisbury: Wiltshire, United Kingdom

February 20, 2019 - February 20, 2019 Auction February 20, 2019 February 20, 2019 Europe/London Woolley & Wallis Tribal Art & Antiquities 51-61 Castle Street, Salisbury: Wiltshire, United Kingdom

The February sale will include a good selection of African art includes figures, staffs, masks and textiles.


Ninandé (Sun Shelter Post)

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Mossi communities are typically divided into two groups—nakomsé rulers (relatives of the village chief, the Naba) and nyonyosé farmers. Each Mossi kingdom houses a compound (samandé) for the Naba, within which an ancestor...


Collector Spotlight

Olufemi Akinsanya, Nigeria

January 29, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"Don’t be a hero, don’t look for something that no one has seen before. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Collectors should try to avoid copies, fakes and mediocre examples."


Collector Spotlight

Deb Glasser, Switzerland

January 09, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"Don't try to do it alone. Find people who will help you, mentor you, tutor you. Particularly other collectors. I have found that most collectors are very generous in sharing their passion and experience and eager to pass it on."


Arts of Côte d’Ivoire, Around the Yaure

Rue Jean-Calvin, 10: Genève, Switzerland

November 24, 2016 - April 30, 2017 Exhibition November 24, 2016 April 30, 2017 Europe/London Arts of Côte d’Ivoire, Around the Yaure Rue Jean-Calvin, 10: Genève, Switzerland

In the heart of Côte d’Ivoire, at the junction between the wooded savanna and the forest, live the Yaure, surrounded by more numerous and better known peoples (the Guro, the Baule), in whose shadow they have long survived, and farther away, by the Senufo, the Dan, the Dida and the lagoon peoples. Though the masks and statuettes produced by the Yaure enchanted European artists and collectors from the early twentieth century on, it is only very recently that the Yaure people and culture have been the subject of an anthropological work.


The Madeleine Meunier Collection: Part II

Highlight on Two Fantastic and Rare Pieces

December 10, 2016 By: Aurore Krier-Mariani

We review two masterpieces coming up for sale at the Christie’s and Millon Madeleine Meunier auction on 15 December 2016 — a Luba-Shankadi headrest and a Kuyu figure collected by Aristide Courtois and Charles Ratton.


Pombia ('Bush Spirit' Rhythm Pounder)

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The social, economic and spiritual lives of Senufo men are governed by an overarching initiation society known as Poro. A Senufo man must pass through all stages of the initiation society to be considered a rounded man with...


Dealer Spotlight

Amyas Naegele, United States

November 26, 2016 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"A great deal of authentic African art was still coming from the continent when I started. I experienced one region after another provide quality art and artefacts theretofore largely unknown to the market, appear and go into rapid decline."


The Madeleine Meunier Collection: Part I

The Fabulous Guard of Aristide Courtois'
and Charles Ratton's Treasures

November 24, 2016 By: Aurore Krier-Mariani

Near half a century later, Madeleine Meunier's incredible tribal art collection will be back on the market. View Bruno Claessens' selection of historic pieces coming up for auction on 15 December 2016.


Collector Spotlight

Arno Declercq, Belgium

November 06, 2016 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"The younger generation need to see African art integrated into timeless and stylish interiors - interiors that include and even highlight tribal art. We need to show that these ‘foreign objects’ can be incredibly beautiful and can add value to an interior."


In The Field, Part II

Cameroonian Festival Art In Situ

October 23, 2016 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Art in situ brings meaning and life to static objects. View the ceremonial masks of Cameroon in their natural settings in these field photographs.


Mabuh (Running Headdress)

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The various kingdoms in the North-West Province of the Cameroon Grassfields (including Nso, Kom, Bafut, Baui and Bamenda) are governed by a a central fon (king) and the Kwifon (also called Kwifoyn, Kwi’fo, Ngumba or Ngwerong...


Tu Ngünga (Funerary Headdress)

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Among the many kingdoms (fondom) of the Cameroon Grassfields, the central fon (chief) and a number of secret societies are responsible for the social rule of each kingdom. The Nsorro military society consists of male members...


African Negro Art

The Entire MoMA Exhibition Archive Available Online

September 26, 2016 By: Adenike Cosgrove

MoMA has made its entire exhibition archive, from its first exhibition in 1929 through to today, available online for free public viewing. Unlimited access of this magnitude is unprecedented. View the African art exhibitions within the online archive.


Quinn’s Auction Galleries Merton Simpson Ethnographic I.

360 S. Washington St., Falls Church: Virginia, United States

October 01, 2016 - October 01, 2016 Auction October 01, 2016 October 01, 2016 Europe/London Quinn’s Auction Galleries Merton Simpson Ethnographic I. 360 S. Washington St., Falls Church: Virginia, United States

An important one-day auction featuring ethnographic art encompassing Pre-Columbian, African / Tribal, Oceanic, and so much more! Session 1 features the Estate of Merton Simpson collection. Session 2 focuses on multi-estate ethnographic collectors. Simpson assembled a memorable collection of African art with notable pieces that include a 16th century Benin plaque, a Niger Delta seated figure c.15th – 17th century, a Kuba Bwoom mask, an Eket round face mask, and more.


Tribal Art Fair

Online: Online

October 29, 2020 - November 01, 2020 Fair October 29, 2020 November 01, 2020 Europe/London Tribal Art Fair Online: Online

The Tribal Art Fair is one of the four most important ethnographic fairs in Europe. This is reflected in the international character of the fair. Participants come from various countries, such as the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Thailand and the USA, and visitors travel to Amsterdam from all over the world to visit the fair too. The fair is of interest to anyone who wants to find out more about tribal art. Guided tours are organised and you can find out information from the gallery owners. Of course, there’s also plenty for long-standing collectors to see. Tribal art is about so much more than masks and sculptures. It also encompasses textiles, jewellery and utensils. It goes without saying that this diversity will also be on display at the Tribal Art Fair. For years now, ethnographic objects have been a source of inspiration for artists, designers and interior designers. The way in which these objects were made by specialised craftsmen is unique. In addition, special materials were often used for the objects.


Parcours des Mondes 2016

The Rare and Beautiful

September 16, 2016 By: Adenike Cosgrove

The daddy of all tribal art fairs and now in its 15th year, Parcours des Mondes impressed and at times, left us speechless! See why by reliving the experience with us.


Tribal Art London 2016

West Africa Takes Centre Stage

September 10, 2016 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Kicking off the tribal art autumn season earlier this week was the only tribal art fair in the UK, Tribal Art London. See highlights from the fair.


ÌMỌ̀ DÁRA Reading List

From the Benue River to Lake Tanganyika

August 28, 2016 By: Adenike Cosgrove

As you know, research is at the heart of ÌMỌ̀ DÁRA. This month, we've curated a selection of resources to help you dig deeper into the history and variety of art objects found in African ethnic groups.


Collector Spotlight

Roberto Domingos, Germany

August 08, 2016 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"For me it’s important that the objects I collect are used ritually; this is the special part of traditional African art. It has meaning, it’s not just beauty for beauty’s sake, it’s beauty for magic, power and expression."


Collector Spotlight

Srdjan Sremac, The Netherlands

July 31, 2016 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"Collecting should be fun but with tribal art it’s not always that easy, it’s a tricky business. I think every collection is highly personal, the result of aesthetic encounters... a collection is an articulation of the person’s identity and self-narrative."


Kisokolo (Initiation Headdress)

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Nkanda is the initiation society used to transition male children into manhood among the Nkanu. Nkanu boys are taken to a bush camp outside of the main village (separation), circumcised and taught what it takes to become a...


Lagana (Divination Figure)

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Only really discovered by the West in the early 60s, the traditional use of Mumuye lagana figures (also called jagana, iagalagana or supa among Southern Mumuye and janari in the North) is still not very clear. A number of...


Collector Spotlight

Markus Ehrhard, Germany

April 30, 2016 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"Africa is huge and provides enormous variety. Specialising means that you gain massive amounts of knowledge about your very specific collecting field by comparing your discoveries and understanding the similarities and differences... in the end, most importantly, be a passionate collector, not a calculating buyer!"


Collector Spotlight

Andrew Turley, Australia

March 20, 2016 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"Most important is to follow your passion... following your passion means finding out as much as possible, seeing as much as possible and touching as much as possible."


Collector Spotlight

Hartmut Brie, Germany

March 19, 2016 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"It’s important to learn as much as you can; visit museums and read books. You can also learn by touching pieces, follow pieces with your fingers. It’s the only way to identify if an object has been used."


Lukungu (Skull Ornament)

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The social and spiritual lives of the Lega people, are governed by a central initiation society known as Bwami; Bwami is responsible for teaching morality through community performances, dances and objects. The Bwami...


Adoné (Antelope Headdress)

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Found in the Aribinda region of the Kurumba ethnic group, adoné headdresses are used to commemorate deceased clan leaders. It is believed that the soul of the deceased elder leaves the body to reside in the specially created...


Kalukili (Spoon)

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The social and spiritual lives of the Lega people, are governed by a central initiation society known as Bwami; Bwami is responsible for teaching morality through community performances, dances and objects. The Bwami...


Idimu (Lineage Ornament)

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The social and spiritual lives of the Lega people, are governed by a central initiation society known as Bwami; Bwami is responsible for teaching morality through community performances, dances and objects. The Bwami...


Lukwakongo (Ancestor Ornament)

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The social and spiritual lives of the Lega people, are governed by a central initiation society known as Bwami; Bwami is responsible for teaching morality through community performances, dances and objects. The Bwami...


Egungun (Ancestor Headdress)

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Egungun headdresses (not masks as these sit ON the head and not across the face) are used in conjunction with elaborate masquerade textile costumes to honour ancestors and to celebrate the positive influences of ancestral...


Efe ('Joker' Headdress)

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The Efe ceremony is held annually in conjunction with the Gelede festival across western Yorubaland including the villages and cities Ketu, Egbado, Ohori, Anago and Awori. Before the Gelede festival takes place in the...


Efe ('Joker' Headdress)

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The Efe ceremony is held annually in conjunction with the Gelede festival across western Yorubaland including the villages and cities Ketu, Egbado, Ohori, Anago and Awori. Before the Gelede festival takes place in the...


Efe ('Joker' Headdress)

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The Efe ceremony is held annually in conjunction with the Gelede festival across western Yorubaland including the villages and cities Ketu, Egbado, Ohori, Anago and Awori. Before the Gelede festival takes place in the...


Efe ('Joker' Headdress)

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The Efe ceremony is held annually in conjunction with the Gelede festival across western Yorubaland including the villages and cities Ketu, Egbado, Ohori, Anago and Awori. Before the Gelede festival takes place in the...


Edjo Re Akare (Spirit Figure)

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The Urhobo believe that elements of nature such as land, forests, air and water contain spirits (called edjo) and these spirits are believed to hold power over nature and provide protection to a community from attack from...


Edjo Re Akare (Spirit Figure)

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The Urhobo believe that elements of nature such as land, forests, air and water contain spirits (called edjo) and these spirits are believed to hold power over nature and provide protection to a community from attack from...


Gelede (‘Mothers’ Headdress)

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Gelede headdresses (not masks as these sit ON the head and not across the face) are one of the few among the Yoruba to celebrate female forces. The headdresses, along with associated masquerade costumes, are used to promote...


Gelede (‘Mothers’ Headdress)

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Gelede headdresses (not masks as these sit ON the head and not across the face) are one of the few among the Yoruba to celebrate female forces. The headdresses, along with associated masquerade costumes, are used to promote...


Chi Wara (Antelope Headdress)

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The social, economic and spiritual lives of Bamana men, in Southwestern Mali, are governed by six initiation societies collectively known as dyow (sing. dyo). The six societies are n’domo, komo, nama, kono, chi wara and...


Chi Wara (Antelope Headdress)

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The social, economic and spiritual lives of Bamana men, in Southwestern Mali, are governed by six initiation societies collectively known as dyow (sing. dyo). The six societies are n’domo, komo, nama, kono, chi wara and...


Chi Wara (Antelope Headdress)

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The social, economic and spiritual lives of Bamana men, in Southwestern Mali, are governed by six initiation societies collectively known as dyow (sing. dyo). The six societies are n’domo, komo, nama, kono, chi wara and...


Ekine (Water Spirit Headdress)

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Found amongst the Southern Yoruba of Ijebu, these headdresses are used for the masquerade cult known as Agbo, Magbo or Ekine (meaning ‘dancing people’ in Ijo), which pay homage to Olokun, goddess of the sea as well...


Ekine (Water Spirit Headdress)

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Found amongst the Southern Yoruba of Ijebu, these headdresses are used for the masquerade cult known as Agbo, Magbo or Ekine (meaning ‘dancing people’ in Ijo), which pay homage to Olokun, goddess of the sea as well...


Ekine (Water Spirit Headdress)

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Found amongst the Southern Yoruba of Ijebu, these headdresses are used for the masquerade cult known as Agbo, Magbo or Ekine (meaning ‘dancing people’ in Ijo), which pay homage to Olokun, goddess of the sea as well...


Wunkirmian (Feast Spoon)

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Wunkirmian (also called wake mia) spoons are brought out during important feasts and ceremonies and awarded to the women in the village considered to be the most generous and hospitable. The selected woman...


Wunkirmian (Feast Spoon)

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Wunkirmian (also called wake mia) spoons are brought out during important feasts and ceremonies and awarded to the women in the village considered to be the most generous and hospitable. The selected woman...


Wunkirmian (Feast Spoon)

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Wunkirmian (also called wake mia) spoons are brought out during important feasts and ceremonies and awarded to the women in the village considered to be the most generous and hospitable. The selected woman...


Lü Me ('Wooden Person' Female Figure)

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Commissioned by powerful chiefs as 3-dimensional portraits of favourite wives, lü me figures can also sometimes function as maternity figures with babies carved on their backs. Once carving of the figure...


Ngundja (Ceremonial Chair)

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Through early encounters with Portuguese traders (the start of which dates back to 16th / 17th century) European artefacts heavily influenced the design of royal artefacts and household utensils.

An example of this is...