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African and Oceanic Art

Works from these collections are on view on the Museum's second floor.

Masking and sculptural traditions of Africa and Oceania are represented in this collecting area. More than 200 independent cultures and their traditions compose holdings that include objects used in everyday life and ritual. A collection of headrests representing ethnic groups across the continent is the highlight of the Crocker’s African holdings. Shields and carved figurative poles from the Asmat region of New Guinea offer a visual counterpoint to the African collection and are the core of the Museum’s collection of art of the South Pacific.

Chukuza Mask, mid-20th century

Unknown Artist

Chukuza Mask, mid-20th century

Mixed media: barkcloth, pigment, string, sticks, raffia, paper and cloth
Kalelua Mask, mid-20th century

Unknown Artist

Kalelua Mask, mid-20th century

Mixed media: barkcloth, pigment, string, sticks, paper, and cloth
Mask: Sowei, or Ndoli Jowei, 20th century

Unknown Artist

Mask: Sowei, or Ndoli Jowei, 20th century

Wood, black pigment, and raffia
Ngondo Mask, mid-20th century

Unknown Artist

Ngondo Mask, mid-20th century

Mixed media: barkcloth, pigment, string, sticks, gourds and cloth
Spirit Costume (jiwawoka), ca. 1990-2000

Unknown Artist

Spirit Costume (jiwawoka), ca. 1990-2000

Rattan and sago leaf fronds with ochre painted wood accents attached at the eyes
War Shield, possibly as early as ca. 1930

Unknown Artist

War Shield, possibly as early as ca. 1930

Wood with white lime and traces of charcoal and red ochre
War Shield, possibly as early as ca. 1930

Unknown Artist

War Shield, possibly as early as ca. 1930

Wood with traces of pigment
Ancestor Canoe, 1980s

Unknown Artist

Ancestor Canoe, 1980s

Asmat Peoples, Papua, Province of Indonesia (Formerly Irian Jaya)

Wood with white lime and traces of charcoal and red ochre
War Shield, 1980s

Unknown Artist

War Shield, 1980s

Asmat Peoples, Papua, Province of Indonesia (Formerly Irian Jaya)

Wood with white lime, charcoal, and red ochre
Kente Cloth

Unknown Artist

Kente Cloth

Akan Peoples, Ghana, West Africa

Adinkra Cloth

Unknown Artist

Adinkra Cloth

Akan Peoples, Ghana, West Africa

Bis Poles

Unknown Artist

Bis pole with double Cemen, and Jo Sise, late 20th century

Asmat Peoples, Papua, Province of Indonesia (Formerly Irian Jaya)

Wood with red, black, and white pigments, and some fiber additions

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