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Eastern Africa

The museum’s eastern African art collection includes artwork from Somalia, Ethiopia Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Madagascar. Objects from both pastoralist and farming cultures are represented.

Somalia
Necklace
18th century (?)
Amber, agate, silver
L. 10 ¾ in. (27.3 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of the Foundation for Cross Cultural Understanding, 2005.155

Karamojong peoples, Uganda
Headdress
ca. 1945
Fiber, hair, pigment, clay, feathers
W. 7 ¼ in. (18.4 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Museum purchase with funds from the Class of 1949 Endowed Curatorship for the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, 2009.1

Maasai peoples, Kenya
Pair of Earrings
Mid-20th century
Glass beads, wire, metal, buttons
L. 11 in. (27.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Museum purchase with funds from the Jacqueline O'Brien Art Acquisitions Fund, 2009.7

Nyakyusa peoples, Tanzania
Storage Container for Grain or Liquids
20th century
Clay, pigment
Diam. 17 in. (43.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of William M. Itter in memory of Budd Stalnaker, 2007.122

Sakalava peoples, Madagascar
Grave Post in the Form of a Bird
20th century
Wood
H. 27 7/8 in. (70.8 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 80.16

Somali peoples, Somalia
Headrest (Barkin)
Mid-20th century
Wood
H. 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of John William Johnson, 88.15.10

Ethiopia
Hand Cross
19th or 20th century
Iron
L. 9 in. (22.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Tom Joyce, 2005.321

Pokot peoples, Kenya
Headrest
Mid-20th century
Wood, leather, glass beads, fiber
H. 7 9/16 in. (19.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Museum purchase with funds from the Raymond and Laura Wielgus fund and with generous support from the IU Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, 2014.247

Zaramo peoples, Tanzania
Figure (Mwana nya Nhiti)
20th century
Wood
H. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 88.11.1

Makonde peoples, Tanzania
Mask
Wood
20th century
H. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 79.91