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11007893-1991_002_191_Bpa_ARC.tif

11007290-1992_015_193_Apa_ARC.tif

11008530-1992_015_280_Apa_ARC.tif

16758576-1994_004_507_Apa_ARC.tif
This embroidered cloth is sometimes called "Kasai velvet" after the region of the Democratic Republic of Congo from which they originate and the cut-pile technique of their manufacture. The underlying raffia structure is woven by men on upright looms…

20521828-1994_004_685_Cpa_ARC.tif
The Izzi Igbo, who traditionally lived in the northeastern part of Igboland, annually performed Okperegede, a multiple-character masquerade "play". Masked characters ranged from the amusing or satirical to the stately and powerful. The last and most…

16758468-1994_004_783_Jpa_ARC.tif

11008046-1999_003_054_Apa_ARC.tif
Mambila painted screens, called baltu, are extremely rare and fragile objects. Painted in natural pigments on a wooden canvas of porous raffia palm pith, these screens once decorated small communal shrine houses. These shrines served as storehouses…

11008549-1990_011_084_Apa_ARC.tif

11008207-2001_001_006_Apa_ARC.tif
This extraordinary stone relief depicts a serene and powerful goddess overcoming Mahisha, the buffalo-demon of illusion. As the myth tells us, Mahisha had defeated all the gods. In response, the gods chose to concentrate each of their energies into a…

11007916-1994_004_149_Dpa_ARC.tif
Tobacco is an important crop in the Grassfields area of Cameroon. This pipe creatively incorporates an elephant into the design. The animal's head forms the pipe stem and the trunk and horns make a tripod upon which the pipe bowl rests.

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