The FIA began collecting African works of art in 1973 with a generous gift of 65 works by Justice and Mrs. G. Mennen Williams. The collection is predominately made up of objects of everyday use, ceremonial, and ritual functions from the different regions and tribes throughout Africa with the majority of the works dating from the 19th and 20th century.

Highlights of the African Collection

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Snake Cult Mask, Gelede Society, n.d.
Yoruba

Polychromed wood
1973.28


Game Board (Mankala), n.d.
Senufo

Wood with thirty-nine nuts
1973.11


Face Mask, Poro Society, 20th century
Guere

Wood with fragments of leather, cloth and hair
1973.17


Doyo Pibou Mask, Do Society, n.d.
Bobo

Polychromed wood
1973.21


Akua ‘Ba, early 20th century
Fante

Wood with white bead necklace
1973.51


Horseman (Jagunjagun), n.d.
Yoruba

Wood
1973.64


Helmet Mask, n.d.
Bobo

Wood and twine
1973.66


Helmet Mask, Poro Society, 20th century
Senufo

Polychromed wood
1973.9


Animal Mask, n.d.
Guro

Wood
1973.16


Divining Board, n.d.
Yoruba

Wood
1973.47


Face Mask with Superstructure, n.d.
Dogon

Polychromed wood
1973.55


Powder horn, ca. mid-1890's
Zulu

Horn, brass and leather
2002.20


Mask, early 20th century
Chokwe

Wood, fiber and metal
2002.48


Bride's Hat, 20th century
Zulu

Textile and pigment
2006.124


Face Mask, n.d.
Afikpo

Wood and pigment
2007.121


N'Tomo Mask, late 19th-early 20th century
Marka

Wood and metal
2009.192


Body Mask, Ndimu, n.d.
Makonde

Wood
2010.283


Ancestral Mask, 1927
Punu

Wood with black, white (kaolin) and red pigment, leather, and fabric
2011.319


Ngil Mask, ca. 1900
Fang

Wood and white kaolin
2011.321


Yoruba Beaded Coronet, Orikogbofo, 20th century
Yoruba

Natural fiber, cloth, and beads
2013.4


Flywhisk, Early–mid-20th century
Yombe

Wood, metal and buffalo tail
2015.67