Exhibition

The African Origin of Civilization

Through January 19, 2025
Free with Museum admission

These pairings are part of The African Origin of Civilization initiative.


Ways of the Cross in Africa

Medieval Art, Gallery 304

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Processional Cross, Northern Highlands region artist, Bronze, Northern Highlands region
Northern Highlands region artist
13th–14th century
Processional Cross, Northern Highlands region artist, Brass, Northern Highlands region
Northern Highlands region artist
14th–15th century
Processional Cross, Central or Northern Highlands region artist, Copper, Central or Northern Highlands region
Central or Northern Highlands region artist
15th century
Processional Cross, Ezra  Ethiopian, Wood, tin
Ezra (Ethiopian, 1460–1522)
ca. 1500

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Triple Crucifix, Kongo artist, Open-back cast brass (central figure), solid cast brass (top and bottom figures), forged iron nails, brass, copper, wood, ultramarine pigment, Kongo
Kongo artist
16th–17th century (central figure); 18th–19th century (top and bottom figures)
Crucifix, Kongo artist, Solid cast brass, Kongo
Kongo artist
16th–17th century
Cross with Saint Anthony of Padua, Kongo artist, Solid cast brass, lead-tin alloy sheet, wood, Kongo
Kongo artist
16th–18th century (pendant figure); 19th century (cross)

Maestà/Mɔgɔbaya/Majesty

European Paintings, Gallery 601

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The Holy Family with Saints Anne and Catherine of Alexandria, Jusepe de Ribera (called Lo Spagnoletto)  Spanish, Oil on canvas
Jusepe de Ribera (called Lo Spagnoletto) (Spanish, Játiva 1591–1652 Naples)
1648
Gwandansu, Bamana artist, Wood, Bamana
Bamana artist
15th–first half 20th century

Lineages of Knowledge

European Paintings, Gallery 601

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Aristotle with a Bust of Homer, Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn)  Dutch, Oil on canvas
Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch, Leiden 1606–1669 Amsterdam)
1653
Sculptural Bust from a Reliquary Ensemble (The Great Bieri), Fang-Betsi artist, Wood, metal, palm oil, Fang-Betsi
Fang-Betsi artist
19th century

Soulful Elegance

The Robert Lehman Collection, Galleries 957 and 964

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Joséphine-Éléonore-Marie-Pauline de Galard de Brassac de Béarn (1825–1860), Princesse de Broglie, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres  French, Oil on canvas
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (French, Montauban 1780–1867 Paris)
1851–53
Female Figure from an Obu (house of images), Igbo artist, Wood, pigment, Igbo
Igbo artist
19th century

Islam’s Deep History in West Africa

Islamic Art, Galleries 455 and 456

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Riga (Ceremonial Robe), Amadou Ahejo, Kano, Nigeria  Nigerian, Cotton, tsamiya silk
Amadou Ahejo, Kano, Nigeria
ca. 1941
Funey-soo Window Frame, Mande blacksmith, Wood, metal, pigment, Mande
Mande blacksmith
19th–early 20th century

From Bondage to Liberation

The American Wing, Gallery 753

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Inventing Environments

Modern & Contemporary, Gallery 828

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The Terrace at Vernonnet, Pierre Bonnard  French, Oil on canvas
Pierre Bonnard (French, Fontenay-aux-Roses 1867–1947 Le Cannet)
1939
Veranda Post: Equestrian Figure and Female Caryatid, Olowe of Ise  Nigerian, Wood, pigment
Olowe of Ise (Nigerian, born Efon-Alaiye, ca. 1873–1938)
before 1938

Power and Precious Matter

Arms and Armor, Gallery 376

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Panel Ornaments for Ceremonial Sword and Sheath (Udamalore), Yoruba artist, Cotton, glass beads, wood, brass, rope, Yoruba
Yoruba artist
19th–20th century
Ceremonial Sword and Sheath (Udamalore), Yoruba artist, Cotton, glass beads, wood, brass bells, rope, metal (?), Yoruba
Yoruba artist
19th–20th century
Ceremonial Sword (Udamalore), Yoruba artist, Ivory, wood or coconut shell inlay, Yoruba
Yoruba artist
17th–19th century

Africa and Europe: The Dawn of Atlantic Trade and Its Imperial Aftermath

European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Gallery 550

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Ceremonial ewer, Silver, gilt; embossed, chased and engraved, Portuguese
Portuguese
ca. 1520–50
Leopard Aquamanile, Edo artist, Brass, Edo
Edo artist
16th–19th century
Leopard Aquamanile, Edo artist, Brass, Edo
Edo artist
16th–19th century
Saint Ignatius Loyola with saints and martyrs of the Jesuit order, Alessandro Algardi  Italian, Bronze, Italian, Rome
Alessandro Algardi (Italian, Bologna 1598–1654 Rome)
Probably cast by Giovanni Andrea Lorenzani
second half of the 17th century

Africa and Europe: The Dawn of Atlantic Trade and Its Imperial Aftermath

European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Gallery 550

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Plaque: Two Portuguese Merchants, Edo artist, Brass, Edo
Edo artist
16th–17th century
Salt, Lead-glazed earthenware inlaid with slip, with molded ornament, French, Saint-Porchaire or Paris
French, Saint-Porchaire or Paris
mid-16th century
Saltcellar with Portuguese Figures, Master of the Heraldic Ship  Nigerian, Ivory, Edo (Bini-Portuguese)
Master of the Heraldic Ship (Court of Owo or Benin, Nigerian)
ca. 1525–1600
Lidded Saltcellar, Sapi-Portuguese artist, Ivory, Sapi-Portuguese
Sapi-Portuguese artist
15th–16th century

Music and Memory

Musical Instruments, Gallery 681

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Bala, Wood, gourd, hide, membrane, Malinke
Malinke
19th century
Figure: Pair of Balafon Players, Dogon artist, Wood, metal, Dogon
Dogon artist
18th–early 19th century

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Dates
Through January 19, 2025
Free with Museum admission