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2005: NMAFA acquires hunting horn (Sierra Leone, 15th cen.) How would you describe it in 1 word? #africanartat50 #africa   While the materials & artistry of this hunting horn can be traced to Sierra Leone, its features suggest that it was made by a Bullom or Temne artist for a European client.  The shields & inscriptions carved by this unidentified master artist help identify it as a gift from C.Prince Manuel I of Portugal to King Ferdinand V of Castile and Aragon.

2005: NMAFA acquires hunting horn (Sierra Leone, 15th cen.) How would you describe it in 1 word? #africanartat50 #africa While the materials & artistry of this hunting horn can be traced to Sierra Leone, its features suggest that it was made by a Bullom or Temne artist for a European client. The shields & inscriptions carved by this unidentified master artist help identify it as a gift from C.Prince Manuel I of Portugal to King Ferdinand V of Castile and Aragon.

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Edo artist, Benin kingdom court style, Nigeria Figure of a king to century Copper alloy

National Museum of African American History and Culture

With no dense urban context to draw from, Adjaye eventually found inspiration in the classical vernacular. Indeed, the angle of the building’s facade matches that of the Washington Monument’s pyramid.

1985: National Museum of African Art acquires this harp (Zande, DRC, 20th c). How would you describe it in 1 word? #africanartat50 #africa Artists living in the northeastern forest regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have carved several types of harps. This one has traits typical of Zande style: a beautifully carved head with detailed coiffure and earrings, and a carefully stitched animal hide that covers the sound box.

1985: National Museum of African Art acquires this harp (Zande, DRC, 20th c). How would you describe it in 1 word? #africanartat50 #africa Artists living in the northeastern forest regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have carved several types of harps. This one has traits typical of Zande style: a beautifully carved head with detailed coiffure and earrings, and a carefully stitched animal hide that covers the sound box.

Actor Gregory Peck, Veronique Peck, and unidentified woman admire African art at National Museum of African Art #tbt #africanartat50 #africa

Actor Gregory Peck, Veronique Peck, and unidentified woman admire African art at National Museum of African Art

2003: NMAFA acquires ear pendants (Berber, 20th c.). How would you describe them in 1 word? #africanartat50 #africa  This ear ornament is a type worn by Muslim women probably from the Smoughen area of Morocco. The workmanship is characteristic of Jewish artisans who created works for Jewish & Muslim clients alike. Today, as in the past, Jewish goldsmiths produce works for themselves & for their Muslim neighbors with whom they have lived for generations.

2003: NMAFA acquires ear pendants (Berber, 20th c.). How would you describe them in 1 word? #africanartat50 #africa This ear ornament is a type worn by Muslim women probably from the Smoughen area of Morocco. The workmanship is characteristic of Jewish artisans who created works for Jewish & Muslim clients alike. Today, as in the past, Jewish goldsmiths produce works for themselves & for their Muslim neighbors with whom they have lived for generations.

1994: @nmafa acquires this face mask (Lele artist, DRC, early‑mid 20th c.).  By the 90s, @nmafa was renowned for its collection & this mask graced the cover of its 1st published catalogue. Lele visual arts are rich in boxes, pipes & cups but masks are rare. This mask is one of the few that exists outside Africa. Lele masks are thought to have appeared in dances accompanying the burial rites of chiefs & in annual creation ceremonies. How would you describe it in 1 word? #africanartat50

1994: @nmafa acquires this face mask (Lele artist, DRC, early‑mid 20th c.). By the 90s, @nmafa was renowned for its collection & this mask graced the cover of its 1st published catalogue. Lele visual arts are rich in boxes, pipes & cups but masks are rare. This mask is one of the few that exists outside Africa. Lele masks are thought to have appeared in dances accompanying the burial rites of chiefs & in annual creation ceremonies. How would you describe it in 1 word? #africanartat50

1982: An aerial view of the Smithsonian Castle, in front of the early construction site for the future @nmafa and @Freer|Sackler buildings #africanartat50 #tbt #africa

An aerial view of the Smithsonian Castle, in front of the early construction site for the future and Anthony

Blackboard Protractor, 1950 via @National Museum of American History, Smithsonian

Old School Technology: Blackboard Protractor, 1950 via Museum of American History, Smithsonian

Collection | Antiquair K. Grusenmeyer

Collection | Antiquair K. Grusenmeyer

1992: National Museum of African Art acquires Erosion by El Anatsui. How would you describe it in 1 word? #africanartat50 #africa

National Museum of African Art acquires Erosion by El Anatsui. How would you describe it in 1 word?

Akan kente cloth via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Among the numerous fabrics that serve as body wraps throughout west Africa, perhaps the most striking is kente cloth, associated with the Asante of Ghana.

Akan Akua'Ba Fertility Figure, Ashanti, Ghana http://www.imodara.com/post/102912477439/ghana-akan-akuaba-fertility-figure-ashanti

Akan Akua'Ba Fertility Figure, Ashanti, Ghana http://www.imodara.com/post/102912477439/ghana-akan-akuaba-fertility-figure-ashanti

Images from the past: 1990, Actor Dudley Moore visits National Museum of African Art #tbt #africanartat50 #africa @smithsonian

Images from the past: Actor Dudley Moore visits National Museum of African Art

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