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Exhibition

The African Origin of Civilization

December 14, 2021 – Ongoing

Now on view at The Met Fifth Avenue , 136
Free with Museum admission

Paired Works

Left: The King’s Acquaintances Memi and Sabu, ca. 2575-2465 B.C. Egyptian (48.111)
Right: Seated Couple, 18th–early 19th century. Dogon artist; Mali (1977.394.15)

 

Left: Guardian Figure, ca. 1919–1885 B.C. Egyptian (14.3.17)
Right: Commemorative Portrait of a Chief (Singiti), late 19th–early 20th century. Hemba artist; Upper Congo River, Democratic Republic of the Congo (2015.119)

 

Left: Striding Man, ca. 2255-2152 B.C. Egyptian (59.50.2)
Right: Commemorative Post: Male (Ngya), late 19th century. Bongo artist; Tonj, western South Sudan (1973.264)

 

Left: The Statue of the Official Merti, ca. 2381–2323 B.C. Egyptian (26.2.4)
Right: Linguist Staff: Ceremonial Stool, Chain, and Swords Motif (ȯkyeame poma), ca. 1930. Asante artist; southern Ghana (1987.452.2a-c)

 

Left: Statue of the God Ptah, ca. 1070–712 B.C. Egyptian (2009.175)
RightHorn Player, 1550–1680. Edo artist; Igun-Eronmwen guild, Court of Benin; Nigeria (1978.412.310)

 

Left: The Goddess Isis and her Son Horus, 332–30 B.C. Egyptian (55.121.5)
Right: Tyekpa Maternity Figure, late 19th–mid 20th century. Senufo artist; Côte d’Ivoire (1981.397)

 

Left: King Sahure Accompanied by a Divine Figure, ca. 2458–2446 B.C. Egyptian (18.2.4)
Right: Palace Plaque: Warrior and Attendants, 16th–17th century. Edo artist; Igun-Eronmwen guild, Court of Benin; Nigeria (1990.332)

 

Left: Estate Figure, ca. 1981–1975 B.C. Egyptian (20.3.7)
Right: Royal Seat of Office: Female Caryatid (Lupona), late 19th century-early 20th century. Luba artist; Shankadi region, southeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (1978.412.31)

 

Left: Lid to a Canopic Jar Depicting a Queen, ca. 1349–1330 B.C. Egyptian (30.8.54)
Right: Memorial Head (Nsodie), ca. 1800. Akan artist; Ghana (2015.790)

 

Left: Face of King Senwosret III, ca. 1878–1840 B.C. Egyptian (26.7.1394)
Right: Head of an Oba, 16th century. Edo artist; Igun-Eronmwen guild, Court of Benin; Nigeria (1979.206.86)

 

 

LeftBes-image Rattle ca. 945–664 B.C. Egyptian (2015.11)
Right: Gelede Helmet from a Masquerade Ensemble, mid-20th century. Yoruba artist; Ketu region, southwestern Nigeria or Republic of Benin (1990.336)

 

Left: Ritual Figure, 380–246 B.C. Egyptian (2003.154)
Right: Male Power Figure (Nkisi), late 19th–mid-20th century. Kongo artist and nganga; Democratic Republic of the Congo (1979.206.127)

 

Left: Fragment of a Queen's Face, ca. 1353–1336 B.C. Egyptian (26.7.1396)
Right: Iyoba (Queen Mother) Pendant Mask, 16th century. Edo artist; Igun-Eronmwen guild, Court of Benin; Nigeria (1978.412.323)

 

Left: Funerary Mask of Estate Manager Wah, ca. 1981–1975 B.C. Egyptian (40.3.54)
Right: Portrait Mask (Mblo), late 19th–early 20th century. Baule artist; Côte d’Ivoire (2004.445)

 

Left: Mother and “Child”, ca. 1580–1479 B.C. Egyptian (19.3.190)
Right: Female Fertility Figure (Akuaba), 20th century. Asante artist; Ghana (1979.206.75)

 

Left: Barque Sphinx, ca. 664–525 B.C. Egyptian (2011.96)
Right: Serpent Headdress (a-Mantsho-ña-Tshol), first half of the 20th century. Baga artist; Guinea (1979.206.101)

 

Left: Diadem with a Pair of Gazelle Heads, ca. 1479–1425 B.C. Egyptian (26.8.99)
Right: Male Ci Wara Crest from a Masquerade Ensemble, late 19th–early 20th century. Bamana artist; Mali (2016.574)

 

Left: Lion Cub, ca. 3100–2900 B.C. Egyptian (66.99.2)
Right: Leopard, 1550–1680. Edo artist; Igun-Eronmwen guild, Court of Benin; Nigeria (1978.412.321)

 

Left: Hippopotamus, ca. 1961–1878 B.C. Egyptian (17.9.1)
Right: Power Object (Boli), first half of 20th century. Bamana artist; Mali (1979.206.175)

 

Left: Headrest of Khentika, ca. 2323–2150 B.C. Egyptian (26.2.11)
Right: Headrest: Female Caryatid Figure, 19th century. Master of the Cascade Coiffure; Shankadi region, southeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (1981.399)

 

Left: Bowl with Human Feet, ca. 3700–3450 B.C. Egyptian (10.176.113)
Right
: Ceremonial Ladle (Wakemia or Wunkirmian), 19th–mid-20th century. Dan peoples (1979.206.264)

 

 

 


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Dates
December 14, 2021 – Ongoing
Free with Museum admission
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