A fine Eastern Pende Panya-Gombe African mask. Coll.: David Norden
Most of the African art in the Appleton Museum is from the collection of the late Dr. Victor David DuBois of New York City. After DuBois's untimely death, the core of his collection was purchased by Arthur Appleton.
The DuBois Collection is significant because it is so well-documented and because DuBois personally selected and researched each piece when he lived in Africa for an extended time. Many pieces were obtained in the field directly from the people who made and used them.
The collection spans most of the cultures of west and central Africa. Some notable examples from the collection are a Mand Bamana stool from Mali, a rare Senufo side-blown trumpet from Upper Volta, and a rare Yoruba Gelede mask from the Republic of Benin.
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