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.

African Collection

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Tea Break, 1974
Paul Sibisi

Woodcut on paper
1979.209


Bird Head on a Stand, n.d.
Bidyogo peoples

Wood
1973.4


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

Polychromed wood
1973.28


Head on a Stand, possibly 19th century (Mato, 1973)
Bidyogo peoples

Wood with metal eyes
1973.5


Game Board (Mankala), n.d.
Senufo peoples

Wood with thirty-nine nuts
1973.11


Kple Kple Mask, n.d.
Baule peoples

Polychromed wood
1973.13


Antelope Mask (Zamble), n.d.
Guro peoples

Polychromed wood
1973.14


Elephant Face Mask, n.d.
Guro peoples

Polychromed wood
1973.15


Face Mask, Poro Society, 20th century
Guere peoples

Wood with fragments of leather, cloth and hair
1973.17


Plank Mask, Do Society, n.d.
Bobo peoples

Polychromed wood
1973.19


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

Polychromed wood
1973.21


Helmet Mask with Leopard, Epa Society, n.d.
Yoruba peoples

Polychromed wood
1973.30


Ibeji Figures (Twin Cult) - Female, n.d.
Yoruba peoples

Wood
1973.35


Ibeji Figure (Twin Cult) - Male, n.d.
Yoruba peoples

Wood
1973.36


Cap Mask, Do Society, n.d.
Bobo peoples

Wood
1973.46


Akua ‘Ba, early 20th century
Fante peoples

Wood with white bead necklace
1973.51


Kanaga Mask, n.d.
Dogon peoples

Polychromed wood
1973.56


Female Figure, n.d.
Fante peoples

Wood with beads
1973.59


Horseman (Jagunjagun), n.d.
Yoruba peoples

Wood
1973.64


Helmet Mask, n.d.
Bobo peoples

Wood and twine
1973.66