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Image and Imagination in African Art

A Pair of Ritual Pounders
A Pair of Ritual Pounders
Ivory Coast, Senufo People
Wood
(71.141 a and b)
Gift of Edward Merrin

The power and beauty of African art in this small exhibition reveals some of the richness and imagination of a multi-cultured continent and its people. The works - figures, weights, masks, a pair of ritual pounders, and headcrests - were not made for decoration or as works of art. Instead they were woven into people’s daily lives, or used as ceremonial objects. A carved wooden door from the Ivory Coast served as a display of wealth and social status.

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