Museum Quality pieces in our Gallery represent pieces of unusual quality or rarity. Needless to say, much of our choice for inclusion here is of a subjective nature. After all, what objective standards can be applied to art appreciation generally? Within the African cultures, there was not aesthetic, functional and morphological divisions to which we are accustomed. Indeed, there does not really exist a term for "art" in the various African languages. For example, in the Akan language the terms for art, architecture, and crafts are generically referred to as hand thought. Since most of the African art was dedicated to the life-affirming activities of humankind, our classifications do not apply. Some appreciation of the culture is necessary, but application of the standards in art appreciation of which we are most familiar is necessarily operative in our choice of these pieces. We, at Art Of West Africa have already responded to these forms on a combination of emotional and intellectual levels. We offer no guarantees that your response will be the same.


A Kifwebe female mask
A Kifwebe female mask
Bronze Leopard mask
Bronze Leopard mask
A Banda baga headdress
A Banda baga headdress
Menda helmet
Menda helmet
A Baga Nimba mask
A Baga Nimba mask
A Wakara figure
A Wakara figure
A Bushoong mask
A Bushoong mask
Hemba stool
Hemba stool
A Bushoong mask
A Bushoong mask
Temne mask
Temne mask
Tchokwe mask
Tchokwe mask
A Baga Nimba mask
A Baga Nimba mask
Nail Fetish Figure
Nail Fetish Figure
A Benin bronze tableau
A Benin bronze tableau
Royal stool
Royal stool
Kuba mask
Kuba mask
Temne mask
Temne mask
Bronze Royal box
Bronze Royal box
Carved royal ivory trumpet
Carved royal ivory trumpet
Bambara mask
Bambara mask
Yoruba drum
Yoruba drum
Baga serpent headdress
Baga serpent headdress
A fine Benin rattle
A fine Benin rattle
A fine Benin rattle
A fine Benin rattle
Leopard head
Leopard head
An Oba bronze
An Oba bronze