The Art of Africa: Power, Beauty, Community

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One end of the gallery is devoted to art of the Kuba peoples of the Democratic Republic of Congo and explores the areas of regalia and personal Art of the Kuba peoples of the Democratic Republic of Congo: regalia and personal adornment; weapons and metalcraft; household objects and decorative arts; and textiles.

beaded hat
Beaded hat
Mukenga mask
Mukenga mask
Raffia cut-pile cloth
Raffia cut-pile cloth
Kuba headdress
Kuba headdress
17th-century knife
17th-century knife

The opposite end of the gallery features prestige regalia of the Akan peoples of Ghana: gold jewelry and other objects of personal adornment; gold weights; stools and chairs; staff finials; and an umbrella used in a royal procession.

Akan Gold pieces

Men's rings/scorpion
Men's rings/scorpion & frog
Pectoral disc
Pectoral disc
Chief's Crown
Chief's Crown
Attendant to Queen Mother's Necklace
Attendant to Queen Mother's Necklace

Akan Furniture Pieces

Stool
Stool
Chokwe Chair
Chokwe Chair

The central section of the gallery holds art objects associated with rites of passage,images of women and seats of power.

Twin Figures (Ibeji)
Twin Figures (Ibeji)
Ceremonial
Ceremonial Drinking Horn
Female Figure
Female Figure