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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Female Ancestor Bust, ca. 1920
Senufo peoples

Wood (fruitwood)
2011.73


Female Ancestor Bust, ca. 1943 - 5
Baule peoples

Wood (mahogany)
2011.74.2


Female Bust, n.d.
African

Wood (mahogany)
2011.76


Female Fertility Figure, ca. 1920
Dogon peoples

Wood (ebony), beads
2011.72


Female Figure, n.d.
Fante peoples

Wood with beads
1973.59


Flywhisk, Early–mid-20th century
Yombe peoples

Wood, metal and buffalo tail
2015.67


Funerary Figure, n.d.
Fante peoples

Terra cotta
1973.53


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

Wood with thirty-nine nuts
1973.11


Granary Door, n.d.
Dogon peoples

Wood and metal
2014.37


Grave Marker, ca. 1200
Bura peoples

Terracotta
2003.2


Hat, late 19th - early 20th century
Bamileke

Fabric
2000.70


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

Wood with metal eyes
1973.5


Helmet Mask, n.d.
Bobo peoples

Wood and twine
1973.66


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

Polychromed wood
1973.30


Helmet Mask, Poro Society, 20th century
Senufo peoples

Polychromed wood
1973.9


Horseman (Jagunjagun), n.d.
Yoruba peoples

Wood
1973.64


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

Wood
1973.36


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

Wood
1973.35


Illiteracy Among Us, 1975
Azaria Mbatha

Woodcut on paper
1979.235