Featured Works

Three For Five, John George Brown, oil on canvas

Three For Five

Pocket Watch Stand and Jewelry Holder

  • Siméon Pierre Devaranne, Berlin, Germany (Prussia)
  • cast iron

The Collection

Iron staff with finial composed of one large, central bird surrounded by fourteen small birds, used by priest of Osanyin, the orisha (deity) of herbal medicine

Staff for Priest of Osanyin

Blue velvet man's kufi-style hat embellished with gold thread

Hat (kufi)

Mask/headdress composed of male face with beard and pierced eyes, topped by head-ware which includes sculpted drum resting on framework, held in place by sculpted fabric tie.

Headdress (Gelede)

Linguist Staff Finial (okyeame poma), Akan group, Asante people, Ghana, African, wood and gold leaf

Linguist Staff Finial (okyeame poma)

Standing female figure with flexed knees, arms bent, resting on abdomen, wearing small cap, earrings, and with diamond-shaped mark on forehead. Nails and blades protruding from breasts and front of torso, and holes remaining where some nails removed; umbilical area has small animal skull covered over with organic material. Large nail protruding from back of figure, which is split along the spine, from neck to buttocks.

Female Power Figure with Nails (nkisi nkonde)

Boxers, Abdourahmane Sakaly, gelatin silver print


Tall vertical plank surmounts circular "face." Patterns on plank are carved and painted with red, black, and white pigment. Patterns on front include two large "X" designs, one atop the other. Top of plank is sculpted into upturned crescent moon shape. Back of plank has checkerboard pattern. Hood "beak" shape extends from front of circular face, pointing downward toward circular "mouth" opening. Deep oval shape extends from back side of face to cover masquerader's face. Holes around edge of oval for rope to secure mask to back of masquerader's head.

Plank Mask (nwententay)

Stool (do-tshom), Baga people, Guinea, African, wood, polychrome

Stool (do-tshom)

Seated Ibis with painted wooden body; cast bronze legs and feet, head and neck.