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List of illustrations

  • Senufo roan antelope masquerader of the Noumoussoba hunters’ association
  • Three Bwa masqueraders
  • Art Institute of Chicago, installation view of Arts of Africa (Gallery 137)
  • Art Institute of Chicago, installation view of Arts of Africa (Gallery 137)
  • Dance Staff (Oshe Sàngó)
  • Container (Opón Igede)
  • Pair of Headdresses (Tyi Wara Kunw)
  • Procession of the Tyi Wara
  • Afrique Occidentale–Danseurs Miniankas–Fétiches des Cultures
  • A Cape pangolin (Smutsia temminckii)
  • Antelope headdress
  • Gwomba, dance of the agrarian cults
  • Headband, Earrings, and Pair of Clasps
  • Bracelets
  • Qur’an Box Pendant
  • Equestrian and Four Figures
  • Fragment of a Kneeling Figure
  • Male Figure
  • Female Figure
  • Female Figure (Bateba Phuwe)
  • Bird Figure (Lumbr)
  • Sib Tadjalté, a diviner and healer, in his shrine room, village of Kouekouera, Burkina Faso
  • Plank Mask (Luruya)
  • Masqueraders and musicians parading through a village, Burkina Faso
  • Male Face Mask (N'Tomo)
  • Helmet Mask (Kono Kun)
  • A Kono performance among the Senufo, Bobo-Dioulasso, Berkina Faso
  • Zoomorphic Figure (Boli)
  • A Kono mask and a zoomorphic boli power object
  • Helmet (Sigi Kun)
  • Helmet Mask (Kponyungo)
  • A kponyungo performance at a funeral in Korhogo, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Door (Korugo)
  • Female Caryatid Drum (Pinge)
  • Caryatid drum and drummer at a funeral, Katiali, Côte d'Ivoire
  • Lidded Box
  • Lidded Box
  • Male Figure
  • Edisibowei’s shrine
  • Carved figure of Odewei
  • Isobowei in his shrine
  • A shrine for Benaaghe
  • Carved figure
  • Female Headdress (Nimba, D’mba, or Yamban)
  • Baga Buluñits d’mba performance in the village of Monchon, Guinea
  • Helmet Mask (Banda or Kumbaruba)
  • Performance of the costumed banda headdress among the Baga Mandori, Guinea
  • Shrine Figure (a-Tshol or Mbëlëkët)
  • A clan elder with two of his tshol figures in front of his shrine in a village among the Baga Sitemu, Guinea
  • Face Mask
  • Face Mask
  • Female Helmet Mask (Ndoli Jowei)
  • Masqueraders of the Bundu (or Sande) association I Freetown, Sierra Leone
  • Male Face Mask (Zauli)
  • Male Face Mask (Zamble)
  • Female Face Mask (Gu)
  • Face Mask
  • Face Mask
  • Face Mask
  • Face Mask
  • Female Face Mask (Ndoma)
  • Masquerader in a Gbagba performance in the village of Kami, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Figural Staff
  • Figural Staff, detail of topmost figure
  • Female Figure (Akua’ba)
  • A Ga girl in Addah (Adda; now Ghana)
  • Pectoral Disk (Akrafokonmu)
  • Attendant to Nana Kwasi Akuffo, the Akroponghene (King of Akropong)
  • Figural Plaque
  • Carving of tusk, detail
  • Niyu altar, Juny compound, Benin City, May 1891
  • Carved Tusk
  • Veranda Post (Òpó Ògògá)
  • Three figural posts in Ìkéré, Nigeria
  • Kneeling Maternity Figure (Ère Ojúbo)
  • Kneeling Maternity Figure (Ère Ojúbo), rear view
  • Kneeling Female Figure (Olúmèye)
  • Tapper with Supplicant and Hunter (Ìróké Ifá)
  • Tapper with Maternity Figure (Ìróké Ifá)
  • Babaláwo Kolawole Ositola beginning a divination session in the Porogun quarter of the town of Ìjèbú-Ode, Nigeria
  • Figural Staff (Ògó)
  • Headdress (Àgó Ègúngún Ode)
  • Egúngún masquerade, Abéòkúta, Nigeria
  • Headdress (Igi Gèlèdé)
  • Epa Headdress (Jagúnjagún)
  • Crown (Adé Ilèkè)
  • The king (ògògá) of Ìkéré, Èkìtì, Oníjagbó Obasorò Alówólódù, and his son
  • Royal Tunic (Èwù Ilèkè) and Coronet (Akoro)
  • Royal Tunic (Èwù Ilèkè), back
  • Crest Masks
  • Figure Screen (Duein Fubara)
  • Face Mask (Agbogho Mmuo)
  • Stool
  • Crest Mask (Ngambak)
  • Female Figure
  • An autumn celebration among the Ham people in the village of Nok, Nigeria
  • Portrait of Metang, the 10th King of Batufam
  • Commemorative figures of kings and queens in front of the royal palace in Batufam, Cameroon
  • Male Face Mask (Chihongo)
  • Full Chihongo character wearing a knitted fiber costume and characteristic broad skirt made from fibers
  • Female Face Mask (Mwana Pwo)
  • Portrait of a young Chokwe woman
  • Half-Length Figure (Eyema Byeri)
  • Head (Angokh Nlo Byeri)
  • Figure (Mbulu Ngulu)
  • Figure (Mbulu Ngulu)
  • Male Figure (Nkisi Nkondi)
  • Two minkisi minkondi and one zoomorphic power figure in the shape of a two-headed dog, in village in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Helmet Mask (Kholuka or Mbala)
  • A masquerader performing during an initiation ritual, near Kasongo Lunda, Belgian Congo (now Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • Headrest (Musawa or Musau)
  • Drinking Horn
  • Chair (Chitwamo or Njunga)
  • Chair (Chitwamo or Njunga), detail
  • Mother-and-Child Figure (Bwanga bwa Chibola)
  • Mother-and-Child Figure (Bwanga bwa Chibola), back
  • Helmet Mask (Bwoom)
  • Face Mask (Ngady Mwaash)
  • Helmet Mask (Mukenga)
  • Funeral effigy with mukenga mask among the Ndengese people, Belgian Congo (now Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • Male Caryatid Stool
  • Face Mask (Kifwebe)
  • Male Figure (Singiti)
  • A chief seated on a caryatid stool and flanked by three ancestor figures, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • Mask (Idimu)
  • Wooden framework with a display of ivory and wooden masks during an initiation into the Kindi grade of the Bwami association, Belgian Congo (now Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • Lidded Box
  • Portrait of a woman wearing the popular halo coiffure, Belgian Congo (now Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • Face Mask
  • Headrest (Isicamelo or Isigqiki)
  • Umpanda: King of the Amazulus
  • Headrest (Isicamelo)
  • Isicamela (Zulu Headrest)
  • Studio portrait of a Zulu man, Mariannhill Mission, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Young Zulu Men Dressing Their Hair
  • Figure Posts, details
  • Figure Posts
  • Figural Container
  • Woman wearing a saif malik mask, Muscat, Oman
  • Helmet Mask (Lipiko)
  • A lipalipanda player and a lipiko masquerader entering the village of Matambalale, Mozambique
  • Lidded Container
  • Unobadula (Unobhadule), the Wood Carver
  • Snuff Container
  • Snuff Container
  • Bound Manuscript: The Miracles of Mary (Te’amire Maryam): the Story of Saint Ildephonsus of Toledo
  • Christ and Mary Enthroned from Bound Manuscript: The Miracles of Mary (Te’amire Maryam)
  • The Covenant of Mercy from Bound Manuscript: The Miracles of Mary (Te’amire Maryam)
  • Triptych Icon
  • Triptych icon with side panels closed
  • Calabash
  • Altar for Sàngó with different containers, Ìdòfin, Ìgbàná, Western Nigeria
  • Circular Divination Tray (Opón Ifá)
  • Altar for the Inner Head (Ìborí) with Container (Ilé-Orí)
  • The king (dejì) of Àkúré in full regalia, Àkúré, Nigeria
  • Map of Africa: Cultures and Locations
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Description: Speaking of Objects: African Art at the Art Institute of Chicago
Speaking of Objects sheds new light on the Art Institute of Chicago’s collection of the traditional arts of Africa by focusing on works that exemplify significant styles, display a high degree of artistic achievement, and also prompt stories from and about their makers....
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Note to the Reader
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Although scholarly investigations of the arts of Africa began more than a century ago, occupying a space between the disciplines of anthropology and art history, African artworks typically were not integrated...
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Northern Africa and the Sahel
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Cat. 1: Of Crests, Farmers, and Antelopes
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Coastal West Africa
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Cat. 17: Of Figures, Spirits, and Shrines
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Cat. 51: Of Masks, Men, and Women
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Eastern and Southern Africa
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Cat. 68: Of Pillows, Cattle, and Curios
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Before the twentieth century, an emphasis on Eurocentric theories led many Western anthropologists and art historians to regard the stylized forms of indigenous African art as “primitive” and a failed attempt to imitate nature...
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Africa: Cultures and Locations
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