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.
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
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