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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Helmet Mask, Poro Society, 20th century
Senufo peoples

Polychromed wood
1973.9


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

Wood
1979.305


Funerary Figure, n.d.
Fante peoples

Terra cotta
1973.53


Animal Mask, n.d.
Guro peoples

Wood
1973.16


Divining Board, n.d.
Yoruba peoples

Wood
1973.47


Face Mask with Superstructure, n.d.
Dogon peoples

Polychromed wood
1973.55


Section of Raw Tusk, n.d.
African

Elephant tusk
2005.291


Powder horn, ca. mid-1890's
Zulu peoples

Horn, brass and leather
2002.20


Mask, early 20th century
Chokwe peoples

Wood, fiber and metal
2002.48


Grave Marker, ca. 1200
Bura peoples

Terracotta
2003.2


Beaded Tribal House, n.d.
Yoruba peoples

Leather, beads, and textile
2005.44


Kuba Cloth Skirt, 20th century
African, Democratic Republic of Congo

Raffia palm fiber and dye
2006.122


Kuba Cloth Skirt, 20th century
African, Democratic Republic of Congo

Textile and pigment
2006.123


Bride's Hat, 20th century
Zulu peoples

Textile and pigment
2006.124


Face Mask, n.d.
Afikpo peoples

Wood and pigment
2007.121


Mukenga Mask
Kuba

Wood, cowrie shells, glass beads, fur and raffia
2009.187


Beaded Crown, n.d.
Yoruba peoples

Fabrics and beads
2009.188


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

Wood and metal
2009.192


Body Mask, Ndimu, n.d.
Makonde peoples

Wood
2010.283