A fine Eastern Pende Panya-Gombe African mask. Coll.: David Norden
Sainsbury centre of visual arts
The Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection features work spanning 5,000 years of human creativity. Modern work by artists such as Henry Moore, John Davies, Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon sits alongside art from Africa, the Pacific, the Americas, Asia, Egypt, medieval Europe and the ancient Mediterranean. The Lisa Sainsbury Collection of Modern Pots includes work from Lucie Rie, Hans Coper and Rupert Spira.
The African objects within the Sainsbury collection are drawn from areas within Western, Central and Eastern Africa such as Benin, Yoruba, Ghana and Zaire, and span the 15th to the 20th century. Sculptural highlights include a Fang Reliquary Head from Gabon, the striking Head of an Oba from Benin, Nigeria and strongly detailed and expressive figures from Zaire such as the Ceremonial staff.
Other works in the collection include dance masks, ceremonial axes, batons, messenger staffs, heads and figures, musical instruments, dress ornaments, combs and ritual dolls.
From Robert & Lisa Sainsbury Collection
This figure was made by the Fang tribal group, which lived in Gabon on the west
coast of Africa. The Fang made these serene guardian figures to watch over the
relics of their ancestors which were used to bring good luck, protect from
misfortune and smell out witchcraft. Fang heads provided inspiration for many
artists in the early 20th century, including Jacob Epstein and Henry Moore.
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