Modern African Art (19th-21st centuries)

Personal Miniature Mask (Ma Go), Unknown, 19th or 20th century, From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
A simplistic mask with earrings, showcasing the pointed chin common on masks of the era.
Dean Gle Mask, Unknown, late 19th-early 20th century, From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
A wooden mask with engraved eyes. The majority of masks from this period have their eyes engraved, and not painted.
Personal Miniature Mask (Ma Go), Unknown, 20th century, From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
Another mask, showcasing the period-specific propensity for fancy headdresses.
Male Face Mask, Unknown, 19th century, From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
A simple wood-carved mask with decorations engraved around the edges of the face, also characteristic of 19th-20th century African masks.
Bwami Society Maskette, Artist Unknown, African, Lega Peoples Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1900/1975, From the collection of: University of Michigan Museum of Art
A simplistic, concave mask. Instead of being placed upon the face, this "Maskette" was intended to be held in front of it.
Mask (Nganga Diphombe), Unknown, 19th century, From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
This mask appears less stylized and more lifelike than most masks in the collection. It was perhaps intended to depict someone.
Pendant Mask, Unknown, 19th or 20th century, From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
This mask is decorated by a braided, rope-looking carving, which forms the facial features.
Mask (mwana pwo), Artist Unknown, African, Chokwe Peoples Angola, 1885/1895, From the collection of: University of Michigan Museum of Art
This mask eschews the pointy-chin design, instead opting for a more rectangular and arguably realistic design.
Mask for the Okuyi Society (Mukudj), Unknown, late 19th century, From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
This mask has many period features- slitted eyes, fancy headdress, pointy chin, and a decorative border around the face.
Helmet mask, Unknown, 19th century, From the collection of: Minneapolis Institute of Art
Helmet masks are worn over the head, similar to a helmet. This mask has decorations typical of the period.
Helmet Mask (ndoli jowei) for Sande Society, Nguabu Master, late 19th-early 20th century, From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
This helmet mask, although boasting a non-traditional face, still retains traditional decoration and a traditional headdress.
Standing Female Figure (Gheonga), Unknown, late 19th or early 20th century, From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
This figure showcases the typical sculptural figure shape: A straight, narrow body, broad shoulders, and a long neck and limbs.
Standing Female Figure, Unknown, 19th century, From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
Another female figure, with the small legs typical of African sculpture.
Effigy: Ritual Figure Holding Scepter, Unknown, Baule People, ca. 20th Century, From the collection of: The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
A male ritual figure holding a scepter. This one could be taken as a symbol of authority or leadership.
Soldier with hat and rifle, Unknown, Mende peoples, 20th century, From the collection of: Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
A European invader of the 19th century, as depicted in sculpture. It retains some of the elements of classic African sculpture.
Equestrian Figure Gold Weight, Unknown, 19th century, From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
A golden figure of a very stylized man riding a very stylized horse. It was intended for use as a weight.
Hogon equestrian statue, Dogon people, 19th century or earlier, From the collection of: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
A man riding a horse. Both figures follow the dimensional norms of the period.
Feast Ladle (Wunkermian), Unknown, early 20th century, From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
A ladle with the handle in the shape of an animal head.
Feast Ladle (Wunkermian), Unknown, late 19th-early 20th century, From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
Another ladle, this one with a cleanly sculpted human head instead of an animal head.
Hamsa amulet pendant, North Africa, 19th-20th century, Unknown, late 19th century - early 20th century, From the collection of: The Jewish Museum, London
A silver pendant in the shape of a hand. It is intricately decorated with the braided pattern previously seen on the masks.
Divination Object (Gbaule), Unknown, early 20th century, From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
A divination object, made of a sculpted head,what appears to be feathers, and a handle inlaid with small shells.
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