A fine Eastern Pende Panya-Gombe African mask. Coll.: David Norden
Liverpool World Museum
World Cultures Gallery
Kongo figure, Central Africa, 19th century
Opening on 29 April 2005, the World Cultures Gallery will take you on a journey around the globe. Drawing on our huge ethnographic collections, the gallery will introduce you to the peoples of the world. Their traditions, beliefs and religions will be explained through the objects and artefacts they created.
The displays will explore the exchange of ideas and objects between the various cultures and Europe. How this exchange influenced all the societies involved will be a major theme of the gallery. Historical and contemporary voices will help explain the cultural background and stories behind the objects.
The gallery will reflect the museum's world-class collections. Liverpool's central role in international trade, exploration and colonialism brought a wealth of objects to the city. Many of the objects in the collections will be on display for the first time.
Each part of the gallery will focus on a different part of the world and the peoples who live there.
The four main areas represented are:
Nkisi nkondi 'power figure' (Mangaaka)
Kongo, Mayombe, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Donor: O Sonnerburg
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