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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.

Lega peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Figure for the Bwami Association (Kakulu Kamwenne Kumasengo [?])
First half of the 20th century
Wood, shells, wax or resin
H. 11 ½ in. (29.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection, 2010.31

Kongo peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Whistle
Early 20th century (?)
Wood, horn, glass beads
H. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 76.136.1

Yaka peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Mask (Kawbwama)
Mid-20th century
Cloth, pigment, raffia, bamboo
H. 64 in. (162.6 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Evan F. Lilly Memorial, Gift of Thomas T. Solley, 80.8

Kuba peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Cup
Late 19th or early 20th century
Wood, cowrie shells, copper
W. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection, 87.24.6

Hemba peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Mask (So’o or Soko Mutu)
First half of the 20th century
Wood
H. 6 ¾ in. (17.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection, 87.24.4