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Arts of Africa

At the MFAH, art from the diverse continent of Africa spans ancient to contemporary times and includes the world's most significant collection of gold objects: the Glassell Collection of African Gold.

 
Commemorative Head of a King
Copper alloy
16th–17th century
Linguist Staff and Top Representing an Elephant
Wood and gold leaf
19th-20th century
Male Figure
Wood
20th century
Qur’an Manuscript in Maghribi Script
Bound parchment
1318
Prayer Manual
Ink and colors on paper
Early 20th century
Soul Washer's Badge
Gold
Early 20th century
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Sword Handle of a Bird and Snake
Wood and gold leaf
Late 19th century
Sword-Bearer's Helmet
Fur and gold
Late 19th -early 20th century
Crown
Gold
Early 20th century
Linguist Staff Top Representing a Man Holding a Book
Wood and gold leaf
1930
Sword with Ornament in the Form of a Palm Fruit
Iron, wood, gold leaf, and cast gold
c. 1930–50 (sword) and 19th century (ornament)
Reliquary Head
Wood and feathers
Before 1930
Spirit Statue
Wood
Early 20th century
Basin
Brass
1300–1350
MALICK SIDIBÉ
Christmas Eve
Gelatin silver print
1963, printed 1999
Dancing Man and Woman
Polychromed wood
1999
WILLIAM KENTRIDGE
Zeno Writing
16mm film, transferred to Beta and DVD
2002