A fine Eastern Pende Panya-Gombe African mask. Coll.: David Norden
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More than 11,000 objects of varied materials and types from sub-Saharan Africa,
the Pacific Islands, and North, Central, and South America are overseen by a
single curatorial department at the Metropolitan. Representing four millennia of
greatly diverse cultural traditions, the department's holdings range from ritual
sculpture and monuments of wood and stone to gold and silver ornaments, masks,
costumes, and other textiles. At one end of the department's vast chronological
range are archaeological American objects from 2000 B.C.E.; at the other are
African and Pacific works from our own time. Strengths of the collection include
decorative and ceremonial objects from the Court of Benin in Nigeria; sculpture
from West and Central Africa; sculpture in wood from New Guinea and the island
groups of Melanesia and Polynesia; and objects of gold, ceramic, and stone from
the Precolumbian cultures of Mexico and Central and South America.
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Sculptural Element from a Reliquary Ensemble. Kota peoples, Mindumu group; Gabon, Upper Ogooué river. 19th century. Wood, copper, brass. H. 15 ¾ in. (40 cm). Musée du Quai Branly, Paris 71.1884.37.22
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