A fine Eastern Pende Panya-Gombe African mask. Coll.: David Norden
Collecting African and Oceanic Art, 1945–2000. Selections from the Geneviève McMillan Collection
Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - Sunday, September 2, 2007
Unknown, African, "Container (abebudie)," Asante peoples, 20th century, 1950–2000. Terraccota. Lent by Geneviève McMillan.
The more than one hundred objects in this exhibition, ranging from sculptures to textiles to musical instruments, moved through many hands: some were collected in the field by their future owners (including Mrs. McMillan herself); others passed through Paris, Brussels, and New York, hubs of the international art trade; and still others arrived directly in Cambridge with African merchants who helped locate objects for sale. African objects featured in this exhibition include an ancient reliquary figure made by artists of the Kota peoples in Gabon, two important masks from the Yaka peoples in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and a terracotta vessel from the Asante peoples in Ghana. Among the works from Oceania are a bark cloth mask from the Baining peoples who live on island of New Britain, and a model boat from the Solomon Islands.
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