Digitized Early African Art

HIST2391: Choose a piece from one of these collections or any other digitized African art for your first essay assignment.

I’ve put just some of my favorites below. The Arts Council of the African Studies Association has a list of museum collections of African Arts. You are welcome to explore more with them!

Standing Female Figure, 11th-13th Century
African Art at the Dallas Museum of Art
Lydenburg Head, c 500 CE
Iziko Museums of South Africa
Male Figure, 195 CE – CE 205
Kimball Art Museum
Equestrian and Four Figures, Probably Late 12th/15th Century
Art Institute of Chicago
Bell in the Form of a Human Head, 13th-15th Century
Yale University Art Gallery
Relief plaque showing a king (Oba) dominating leopards, 1530-70
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Brass Head of an Ooni (King) of Ife, 1300s-1400s
African Art at the British Museum
Mande Bracelet, 15th Century
Detroit Institute of Art
Female Figure with Child, 11th-17th century
The Menil Collection
Ethiopian Orthodox Icon, Mid- to late 15th century
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
Swahili Tombstone
Kenya National Museum
Cat Statuette, 332-30 BCE
Met Museum
Necklace, 11th-15th Century
Brooklyn Museum
Tunic, 500-700 CE
V&A Museum

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