Art of Africa


Explore priceless works of art and beautifully crafted cultural artifacts of sub-Saharan communities.
Art of Africa
The Art of Africa Gallery brings the beauty and folklore of sub-Saharan African culture to life through wooden sculpture, ceremonial ritual, and music.
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"I've never seen anything like this! The Maasai woodcarvings are extraordinary."
Moeketsi Gabriel
I've never seen anything like this! The Maasai woodcarvings are extraordinary.*|*Moeketsi Gabriel
This is a must see exhibit. The ceremonial mask collection is strikingly beautiful.*|*Louise St. Claire
Art of Africa
The scope of African art is as vast and varied as her people.
In this gallery you will see art created by many indigenous peoples of sub-Saharan Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa is the term used to describe the area of the African continent which lies geographically on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert. Due to the diversity of cultures in sub-Saharan Africa, art from this region has a great deal of variety. However, we can identify common traits of much of the art of sub-Saharan Africa including: the human image is a favored subject, artists use intense color, three-dimensional works and sculpture are more popular than paintings, and abstraction is preferred over realism. The sub-Saharan African indigenous peoples also consider that art makes useful objects more beautiful.
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The Tribal Woman

The Makonde Wooden Sculptures

Ceremonial Masks of Africa

The Instruments of Africa

It Takes a Tribe

The Artisans of Africa

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