A fine Eastern Pende Panya-Gombe African mask. Coll.: David Norden
Harn Museum Florida
Samuel P. Harn Museum of ArtS.W. 34th Street and Hull Road
The Harn Museum is located on the University of Florida campus at the UF Cultural Plaza.
people, South AfricaYoung Matron's DressLate 19th-early 20th century Cloth,
leather, beads, metal From skirt bottom to top of crown: 63 in.
Harn Museum presents "Sense, Style, Presence: African Arts of Personal Adornment" on display through June 2006. Harn Museum of Art.
Sense, Style, Presence: African Arts of Personal Adornment
November 09, 2004 - June 30, 2006
African Arts of Personal Adornment is drawn from the Harn Museum collection and explores a range of African objects and modes of personal adornment, in both everyday and ritual contexts. “Adorn” refers to what is used for two essential approaches to dressing the body. It includes both extending the dimensions, color and textures of the body through garments, jewelry and other accoutrements, and modifying the shape and texture of the skin and hair.
African Arts of Personal Adornment is curated by Susan Cooksey, Associate Curator of African Art, and is accompanied by a catalog. This exhibition is made possible by the Museum Loan Network–a program funded and initiated by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts, and administered by MIT’s Office of the Arts with additional support provided by the Harn Program Endowment.
related BEYOND DESIRE at MoMu museum Antwerpen. Desire, attitude and styling in African and Western cultures.
Harn Museum permanent collection
The permanent collection contains an impressive concentration of West African art with a particular focus on art from Nigeria, notably from Yoruba, Igbo and Edo peoples, including works from the Court of Benin. Other West African groups represented include the Akan of Ghana; the Vai and Mende of Sierra Leone and Liberia; and the Mossi, Bwa, Lobi, Nunuma and Winiama from Burkina Faso. Dan and Mano masks and costumes from Liberia, and Senufo and Baule masks and figures from Côte d'Ivoire are also well represented in the collection.
The Central African collection includes objects from Cameroon, Gabon, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola. Representation of Central African art was recently enhanced by the acquisition of a Beembe ancestor figure, a Yaka diviner's slit gong and a group of Ituri rainforest barkcloths from the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as a Kota reliquary figure from Gabon. The South African collection includes Ndbele beaded garments and a variety of Zulu items of personal adornment, including an extensive collection of Zulu earplugs, a married woman's hat made of basketry, human hair and beaded garments. The collection also features a group of handsome Zulu beer vessels.
East African objects include Makonde masks and a collection of Ethiopian secular and Orthodox Christian art from the 12th to the 20th century, including processional crosses, icons, handheld crosses, paintings, illuminated manuscripts, healing scrolls and garments. To complement this collection, the museum has recently commissioned a suite of paintings by contemporary Ethiopian church painter, Qes Adamu Tesfaw.
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