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

Polychromed wood
1973.14


Beaded Crown, n.d.
Yoruba peoples

Fabrics and beads
2009.188


Beaded Tribal House, n.d.
Yoruba peoples

Leather, beads, and textile
2005.44


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

Wood
1973.4


Body Mask, Ndimu, n.d.
Makonde peoples

Wood
2010.283


Bride's Hat, 20th century
Zulu peoples

Textile and pigment
2006.124


Bundu (Helmet Mask), Sande Society, n.d.
African, Republic of Sierra Leone

Wood
1979.305


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

Wood
1973.46


Ceremonial Figure, n.d.
Mumuye

Wood (mahogany), beads, bone, bronze
2011.71


Ceremonial God Mask, n.d.
Bapende

Wood
2011.60


Ceremonial Mask, n.d.
Ngere

Mud and wood
2011.58


Ceremonial Mask, n.d.
BaSonga peoples

Tortoise shell, feather, cowry shells, mud
2011.64


Colonial Figure, early-mid 20th century
Yombe peoples

Wood
2016.2


Divining Board, n.d.
Yoruba peoples

Wood
1973.47


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

Polychromed wood
1973.21


Elephant Face Mask, n.d.
Guro peoples

Polychromed wood
1973.15


Face Mask, n.d.
Afikpo peoples

Wood and pigment
2007.121


Face Mask with Superstructure, n.d.
Dogon peoples

Polychromed wood
1973.55


Face Mask, Poro Society, 20th century
Guere peoples

Wood with fragments of leather, cloth and hair
1973.17