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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African Beaded Hat, n.d.
Yoruba peoples

Fabric, beads, pigments
2011.56


Ceremonial Mask, n.d.
Ngere

Mud and wood
2011.58


Mask, n.d.
African, Kenya

Wood, shells, fiber
2011.61


Ceremonial Mask, n.d.
BaSonga peoples

Tortoise shell, feather, cowry shells, mud
2011.64


Spirit Ceremonial Mask, n.d.
Ngere

Wood, hair, fiber
2011.67


Mouse Trap, n.d.
Baule peoples

Wood
2011.68


Male Fertility Figure (Nkishi), n.d.
BaSonga peoples

Wood (ebony), iron, leather, beads, and metal
2011.70


Ceremonial Figure, n.d.
Mumuye

Wood (mahogany), beads, bone, bronze
2011.71


Female Fertility Figure, ca. 1920
Dogon peoples

Wood (ebony), beads
2011.72


Female Ancestor Bust, ca. 1920
Senufo peoples

Wood (fruitwood)
2011.73


Male Ancestor Bust, ca. 1943 - 5
Baule peoples

Wood (mahogany)
2011.74.1


Female Bust, n.d.
African

Wood (mahogany)
2011.76


African Figure, n.d.
African

Wood
2011.77


African mask, n.d.
African

Wood and metal
2011.78


Ancestral Mask, 1927
Punu peoples

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


Ngil Mask, ca. 1900
Fang peoples

Wood and white kaolin
2011.321


Alligator Mask, n.d.
African

Wood and fabric
2012.8


Yoruba Beaded Coronet, Orikogbofo, 20th century
Yoruba peoples

Natural fiber, cloth, and beads
2013.4


Female Ancestor Bust, ca. 1943 - 5
Baule peoples

Wood (mahogany)
2011.74.2