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African Art at the British Museum

"Our African collection represents the rich and diverse history of a continent, from the beautiful bronze-casting of Igbo-Ukwu, Ife and Benin to objects that delve into the ritual of masquerade – traditional performances that express the secret knowledge of local communities." Take a virtual tour of the gallery, or search the British Museum's very large and extraordinary collection online. [posted: Nov 22, 2022]

African Art Collection at The Met

"The Met's collection of art of the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa, the Pacific Islands, and North, Central, and South America comprises more than eleven thousand works of art of varied materials and types, representing diverse cultural traditions from as early as 3000 B.C.E. to the present. Highlights include decorative and ceremonial objects from the Court of Benin in Nigeria; sculpture from West and Central Africa." [posted: Nov 19, 2022]

Arts of Africa, Dallas Museum of Art

"The DMA was an early advocate for the inclusion of African art in American art museums, and the Museum’s dedication to the field has set precedents since the 1950s. The collection is particularly strong in art from the Kongo and Luba cultures in Central Africa and the Yoruba and Edo (Benin kingdom) in West Africa." Over 2,000 objects online, easily searched by culture, date, artist, medium etc. High resolution downloads. [posted: Nov 22, 2022]

Arts of Global Africa, Minneapolis Institute of Art

"African and African Diaspora artists creating works of art, from Ancient Egypt to today. The collection includes masterworks of sculpture, ceramics, metalwork, and textiles, reflecting the diversity of African regions and cultures." You can browse thousand of objects online. [posted: Nov 22, 2022]

Brooklyn Museum, Arts of Africa Collection

"The Brooklyn Museum was one of the first museums in the United States to collect and exhibit the Arts of Africa. Our collection focuses primarily on historical works from Western, Central, Southern, and Eastern Africa, and includes contemporary art from across the continent. Numbering approximately 4,500 works, and spanning from 200 C.E. to today, the Arts of Africa collection is one of the most important of its kind in a U.S. art museum and covers millennia of African creativity." [posted: Nov 19, 2022]

Detroit Institute of Art

Search the collection of African figures, masks, containers, carved stools, jewelry, and musical instruments. [posted: Nov 22, 2022]

Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco -- de Young Museum

The de Young's African art collection features work from many areas of sub-Saharan Africa. You can search through it's collection online (unfortunately photos, as of this writing, are not very high resolution). [posted: Mar 04, 2004]

MFA Boston

"From shrine figures to palace pillars to historic men’s masks, the MFA’s department of African and Oceanic art includes important works from the 16th to 21st century that span two continents. Decorative arts, including clothing, headrests, staffs, and tableware, introduce visitors to the art of everyday life during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Masks and artworks used in dance give a glimpse into the multimedia performance art tradition of masquerade." Search the image database for thousand of African items. [posted: Nov 17, 2022]

Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University

The museum’s collection of African art contains approximately 1,800 objects that reflect the size and diversity of the continent. Highlights include the Kom Beaded Bowl Figure from the Cameroon Grassfields, used by royalty to hold kola nuts for their guests; Mami Wata, the Ibibio water spirit from Southeast Nigeria; the Makonde Lipiko mask from northern Mozambique; and a Koranic writing tablet from Ethiopia. [posted: Mar 04, 2004]

National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian

Explore the museum's collections as well as its past exhibitions of "tradition-based" as well as contemporary arts. The site produces special web presentations for most of its exhibitions, and an archive of these is available online. In the collection area of the site you are able to search over 10,000 works in its database. [posted: Mar 04, 2004]

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