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Sub-Saharan African Art

The museum’s internationally recognized sub-Saharan African art collection is considered outstanding. As is true for most Western collections, the Eskenazi Museum of Art’s holdings emphasize the human form, including many masks and figures from western and central Africa. However, due to the longtime involvement of Roy Sieber, who pioneered the study of non-figural forms, the museum’s collection also includes numerous textiles, jewelry, and household objects. The works selected here represent a diverse cross-section of the sub-Saharan African collection, from a seventeenth-century commemorative head of an Oba to an early twentieth-century Ndebele beaded wedding train.