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Central Africa

Key works from countries such as Cameroon, Gabon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Angola comprise the museum’s central African art holdings. The collection includes musical instruments, clothing, reliquary figures, masks, and furniture.

Grasslands, Cameroon
Prestige Hat
20th century
Cotton fiber, wood
Diam. 7 ¾ in. (19.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Budd Stalnaker in honor of William and Diane Itter, 2004.27

Grasslands, Cameroon
Headdress
20th century
Feathers, fiber
Diam. 26 in. (66.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Budd Stalnaker, 2006.324

Kom kingdom, Cameroon
Bowl Figure
Early 20th century
Wood, glass beads, fiber, iron, raffia cloth
H. 36 in. (91.4 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 68.190

Fang peoples, Gabon
Reliquary Figure (Eyema Bieri)
19th or early 20th century
Wood, wicker
H. 17 ¼ in. (43.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 72.141

Hongwe peoples, Gabon
Reliquary Figure (Bwiiti)
Late 19th or early 20th century
Wood, brass
H. 23 in. (55.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection, 2010.30

Punu or Lumbo peoples (?), Ngounié River area, Gabon
Musical Instrument
19th or early 20th century
Wood, fiber, pigment
H. 26 in. (66.6 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 77.34.3

Bembe peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Mask for Elanda Society (’Amgeningeni or ’Acwe)
First half of the 20th century
Hide, beads, feathers, quills, shells, buttons, fiber
H. 27 in. (68.5 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 65.38

Kongo peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Staff, detail
19th century (?)
Wood, brass nails, stone
H. 47 ¾ in. (121.3 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 76.1.1

Pende peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Divination Instrument (Galukoji)
Mid-20th century
Wood, fiber, feathers
H. approx. 9 in. (22.9 cm); H. of face 3 ½ in. (8.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Kelley Rollings in honor of Raymond and Laura Wielgus, 98.178

Songye peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Power Figure (Nkishi)
19th or 20th century
Wood, iron, horn, fiber, cowrie shells, snakeskin, hair, incrustation
H. 12 ½ in. (32.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection, 74.55.3

Kuba peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Cup
19th or early 20th century
Wood
H. 10 11/16 in. (27.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 77.34.2

Luluwa peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Female Figure (Lupingu lwa Bwimpe or Bwanga bwa Bwimpe)
Second half of the 19th century
Wood, incrustation, kaolin
H. 17 in. (43.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection, 75.91

Chokwe peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo/Angola
Chief’s Chair (Ngunja)
1885–1930
Wood, antelope hide, brass
H. 31 ¼ in. (79.3 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 76.54

Bawok or Pati peoples, Bali-Nyonga kingdom, Cameroon
Figure from a Meeting House Post
1909–14
Wood, pigment
H. 40 ¼ in. (102.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Rita and John Grunwald, 74.32

Bamum kingdom, Cameroon
Pipe
1900–14
Brass
L. 11 ¾ in. (29.8 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Ernst Anspach, 75.25.4

Bamum kingdom, Cameroon
Head Crest (Tu Ngünga)
First quarter of the 20th century
Wood, pigment, fiber, raffia
H. 29 in. (73.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 76.69

Ateu Atsa (ca. 1840-1910) or workshop
Bangwa peoples, Cameroon
Male Figure from the Top of a Lefem Society Staff
Late 19th or early 20th century
Wood, incrustation
H. 20 ¼ in. (51.4 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, in part purchase, gift in part Harrison Eiteljorg, Ernst Anspach, 82.71

Ngelima peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Currency
20th century (?)
Copper alloy
L. 41 ½ in. (105.4 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Tom Joyce, 2005.307

Lokele, Turumba, or Topoke peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Blade Currency (Liganda)
20th century (?)
Iron
H. 67 ¾ in. (172.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Tom Joyce, 2005.250

Ngbaka peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Female Figure
First half of the 20th century
Wood, metal
H. 20 1/8 in. (51.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 71.90