Bamana masks and headdresses, Lega ivories, Dogon sculpture, and Benue bronzes are among the many exquisite African artifacts found in the Menil Collection. Featuring new photography and entries by leading scholars, this publication catalogues 115 of the finest pieces. Dating primarily from the 19th and 20th centuries, the works come from North Africa and the Sahel, Coastal West Africa, and Central and East Africa. Their detailed examination is complemented by Kristina Van Dyke’s essay, which explores the formation of the Menil’s African art collection and puts it into context with the whole of the museum.
About the Authors
Kristina Van Dyke is an independent scholar of African art and former curator of collections and research at the Menil Collection.
Additional texts by: Marla C. Berns, Barbara Blackmun, Arthur Bourgeois, Elisabeth L. Cameron, Marie Yvonne Curtis, Kate Ezra, Cécile Fromont, Mary K. Lambrakos, Miranda Lash, Dominique Malaquais, Salia Malé, Jessica Levin Martinez, Prita Meier, Constantine Petridis, Allen F. Roberts, Mary Nooter Roberts, Doran H. Ross, Christopher D. Roy, William Seigmann, Leon Siroto, Robert T. Soppelsa, Susan Sutton, and Robert Farris Thompson