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Western Africa

The museum’s western African art collection presents a broad sweep of art from the Sahel (the region just south of the Sahara Desert) to the tropical forests of the coast. It showcases an array of figures, masks, ceremonial objects, and commemorative pieces made with a variety of materials and techniques.

Dogon peoples, Mali
Male Figure
16th century (?)
Wood
H. 44 in. (111.8 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection, 87.12

Bamana peoples, Mali
Antelope Headdress (Ci Wara or Sogoni Kun)
Early 20th century (?)
Wood
H. 20 in. (50.8 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection, 87.24.3

Bamana peoples, Mali
Head for a Body Puppet
Collected 1934–35
Wood, metal, cloth
H. 57 ¾ in. (146.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 77.87

Mossi peoples, Burkina Faso
Mask (Karanga)
First half of the 20th century
Wood, pigment, fiber
H. 70 in. (177.8 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Rita and John Grunwald, 71.111

Tusyan or Karaboro peoples, Burkina Faso
Palm Wine Vessel
20th century
Clay
H. 21 ½ in. (54.6 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of William M. Itter, 2008.228

Dan peoples, Liberia/Côte d’Ivoire
Feast Ladle (Wunkirmian or Wakemia)
First half of the 20th century
Wood
H. 20 in. (52.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 63.221

Grebo peoples, Liberia
Mask
20th century
Wood, human hair, teeth, pigment
H. 22 ¾ in. (57.8 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Svend E. Holsoe Collection, 99.6

Baule peoples, Côte d’Ivoire
Mask (Goli Kpan)
Early 20th century
Wood, pigment
H. 19 7/8 in. (50.4 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 77.34.1

Yoruba peoples (Oyo subgroup), Nigeria
Staff for Esu/Elegba Cult (Ogo Elegba)
Before 1930s (?)
Wood, leather, cowrie shells, brass, bone, iron
H. 19 ¼ in. (50.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection, 87.24.2

Yoruba peoples (Owo subgroup), Nigeria
Box
18th or 19th century
Ivory
L. 6 ½ in. (16.5 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 77.28

Edo peoples
Kingdom of Benin, Nigeria
Commemorative Head of an Oba
Middle Period, 1600–1700
Brass
H. 11 ½ in. (29.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 75.98

Nupe peoples, Nigeria
Water Jar
20th century
Clay
H. 12 ¾ in. (32.4 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of William M. Itter, 2011.310

Igbo peoples, Anambra Valley, Nigeria
Shrine (Ikenga)
First half of the 20th century
Wood, pigment
H. 24 in. (61.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 70.50

Ijo peoples (Kalabari subgroup)
Degema area, Nigeria
Hippopotamus Mask (Otobo)
Collected ca. 1916
Wood, metal, incrustation, pigment
H. 18 ½ in. (47.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Raymond and Laura Wielgus in honor of Rudy Professor Emeritus Roy Sieber, 96.49

Montol peoples, Nigeria
Female Figure
ca. 1950
Wood, pigment
H. 15 in. (38.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of the Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection in memory of Roy Sieber, 2005.13

Jenne culture, Mali
Equestrian Figure
15th–18th century
Clay, pigment
H. 9 5/8 (24.5 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 76.98.1

Bamana peoples, Mali
Antelope Headdress (Ci Wara)
First half of the 20th century
Wood
H. 35 5/8 in. (90.5 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Frederick Stafford, 60.10

Bamana peoples, Mali
Mask for Kòmò Society (Kòmòkun)
First half of the 20th century
Wood, feathers, quills, fiber, animal hair, incrustation
L. 27 in. (68.6 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 72.111

Nakunte Diarra
Malian, born ca. 1941
Wrapper (Tafè)
1988
Cotton, dye
L. 56 ¼ in. (142.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. Barbara G. Hoffman and Mr. Michael R. Short, 2006.7

Senufo peoples, Côte d’Ivoire/Mali/Burkina Faso
Female Figure
Early 20th century?
Wood, incrustation
H. 6 ¾ in. (17.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection, 98.569