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Heroic Africans: Legendary Leaders, Iconic Sculptures
September 21, 2011–January 29, 2012
Nikare, his wife, and their daughter
Date: ca. 2420–2389 B.C. or later
Medium: Limestone, paint
Accession Number: Intro-01
Top of a funerary relief with portrait busts of a young man and an elderly woman
Date: ca. 138–41 CE
Medium: Marble
Accession Number: Intro-02
Portrait of Octavian
Date: 5–15 C.E.
Medium: Marble
Accession Number: Intro-03
Portrait head of a matron in the style of Livia
Date: ca. 40–20 B.C.
Medium: Marble
Accession Number: Intro-04
Queen Mother Pendant Mask: Iyoba
Date: 16th century
Medium: Ivory, iron, copper (?)
Accession Number: 1978.412.323
Head of an Oba
Date: 16th century
Medium: Brass
Accession Number: 1979.206.86
Head of an oba
Date: 17th century
Medium: Brass
Accession Number: Intro-06
Rattle Staff: Oba Akenzua I Standing on an Elephant (Ukhurhe)
Date: 1725–50
Medium: Bronze, copper, iron
Accession Number: 1974.5
Figure: Oba with Sacrificial Animals from the Ezomo's Altar of the Hand
Date: 18th–19th century
Medium: Brass
Accession Number: 1991.17.113
Altar to the Hand of Ezomo Ehenua (Ikegobo)
Date: 18th–19th century
Medium: Brass
Accession Number: 1996.11
Memorial Head (Ntiri)
Date: 17th century (?)
Medium: Terracotta
Accession Number: 1978.412.352
Memorial Head (Ntiri)
Date: 17th century (?)
Medium: Terracotta
Accession Number: 1978.412.353
Memorial head
Date: Possibly 17th century
Medium: Terracotta
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-21
Memorial head (Ntiri)
Date: 17th century
Medium: Terracotta
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-02
Memorial head
Date: 18th century
Medium: Terracotta
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-07
Memorial head
Date: 18th century
Medium: Terracotta
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-01
Memorial head
Date: 17th century
Medium: Terracotta
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-03
Memorial head
Date: 18th century
Medium: Terracotta
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-04
Memorial head of Afukwa
Date: 18th century
Medium: Terracotta
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-05
Memorial head of Nana Attabra
Date: 18th century
Medium: Terracotta
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-06
Memorial head
Date: 19th–20th century
Medium: Terracotta
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-09
Memorial head (lid from a clan vessel)
Date: Possibly 19th century
Medium: Terracotta
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-16
Memorial Head
Date: 19th–20th century
Medium: Terracotta
Accession Number: 1995.64.21
Memorial head
Date: ca. 1800
Medium: Terracotta
Accession Number: TR.415.1.2010
Memorial head
Date: ca. 1800
Medium: Terracotta
Accession Number: TR.415.2.2010
Memorial head
Date: 17th century
Medium: Terracotta
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-14
Clan vessel
Date: 20th century, before 1962
Medium: Terracotta
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-22
Clan vessel lid
Date: 19th century
Medium: Terracotta
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-15
Memorial figure of a priest
Date: 18th–early 20th century
Medium: Terracotta
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-17
Memorial figure possibly representing a chief
Date: 18th–early 20th century
Medium: Terracotta
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-20
Memorial Figure of a Hornblower (Mma)
Date: 18th–early 20th century
Medium: Terracotta
Accession Number: 1978.412.394
Memorial figure of a woman
Date: 18th–early 20th century
Medium: Terracotta
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-26
Memorial head
Date: 17th–19th century
Medium: Terracotta
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-28
Memorial head
Date: 17th–19th century
Medium: Terracotta
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-29
Memorial Head (Nsodie)
Date: 17th–mid-18th century
Medium: Terracotta, roots, quartz fragments
Accession Number: 1978.412.563
Memorial head
Date: ca. 1800
Medium: Terracotta
Accession Number: TR.380.2010
Commemorative figure of a priestess
Date: 19th century
Medium: Wood, pigments
Accession Number: Portrait-Bangwa-02
Commemorative figure of a chief
Date: 19th century
Medium: Wood
Accession Number: Portrait-Bangwa-08
Commemorative thrones of Chief Tufoyn and Queen Mother Naya
Yu, Fon of Kom
(1830–1912)
Date: Mid-19th century
Medium: Wood, copper
Accession Number: Portrait-Bangwa-03a, b
Commemorative throne of Queen Mother Nindum (?)
Date: 19th century
Medium: Wood, beads, string, leather, human hair, metal, pigment
Accession Number: Portrait-Bangwa-06
Commemorative throne of Chief Nkwain
Date: 19th century
Medium: Wood, beads, copper sheet, raffia, human hair
Accession Number: Portrait-Bangwa-04
Commemorative figure of a chief
Ateu Atsa (Bangwa, ca. 1840–1910)
Date: 19th century
Medium: Wood
Accession Number: Portrait-Bangwa-05
Commemorative figure of a chief
Ateu Atsa (Bangwa, ca. 1840–1910)
Date: 19th century
Medium: Wood
Accession Number: Portrait-Bangwa-12
Commemorative figure of a chief
Date: 19th century
Medium: Wood
Accession Number: Portrait-Bangwa-09
Commemorative figure of a chief
Date: 19th century
Medium: Wood
Accession Number: Portrait-Bangwa-13
Fon Ndi (r. 1926–54) and attendant at ntul, Laikom’s landmark identified with its founding
Paul Gebauer
(American (born Germany), 1900–1977)
Date: Before 1954
Medium: Epson print from 35mm color slide
Accession Number: Gebauer 1
Portrait of Fon Lo’o (r. 1954–66)
Paul Gebauer
(American (born Germany), 1900–1977)
Date: Before 1966
Medium: Epson print from 35mm color slide
Accession Number: Gebauer2
Portrait of Fon Nsom (r. 1966–75) holding a prestige pipe in brass and ivory
Paul Gebauer
(American (born Germany), 1900–1977)
Date: 1966–70
Medium: Epson print from 35mm color slide
Accession Number: Gebauer3
Fon Ndi (r. 1926–54) at the sacred basalt stone platform overlooking the Kom hills
Paul Gebauer
(American (born Germany), 1900–1977)
Date: October 1940
Medium: Epson print from 35mm black-and-white negative
Accession Number: Gebauer4
View of Laikom
Paul Gebauer
(American (born Germany), 1900–1977)
Date: October 1940
Medium: Epson print from 35mm black-and-white negative
Accession Number: Gebauer5
Laikom Court, detail of carved pillars flanking the entrance
Paul Gebauer
(American (born Germany), 1900–1977)
Date: October 1940
Medium: Epson print from 35mm black-and-white negative
Accession Number: Gebauer6
Laikom Court, detail of an interior pillar in the form of a retainer, attributed to Yu, celebrated fon and sculptor (1865–1912)
Paul Gebauer
(American (born Germany), 1900–1977)
Date: 1937
Medium: Epson print from 35mm black and white negative
Accession Number: Gebauer7
Commemorative figure of a chief as Cibinda Ilunga
Date: 19th century
Medium: Wood, natural fibers
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-01
Commemorative figure of a chief as Cibinda Ilunga
Date: 19th century
Medium: Wood, human hair, fibers, dried nuts
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-02
Commemorative figure of a chief as Cibinda Ilunga
Date: 19th century
Medium: Wood, human hair
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-03
Commemorative figure of a chief as Cibinda Ilunga
Date: Before 1914
Medium: Wood
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-15
Commemorative figure of a chief
Date: 19th–20th century
Medium: Wood
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-04
Commemorative figure of a chief
Date: 19th century
Medium: Wood
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-25
Commemorative couple
Date: 19th century
Medium: Wood
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-05A,B
Commemorative figure of a chief
Date: 19th century
Medium: Wood, brass, human hair, glass beads
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-06
Commemorative figure of a chief
Date: 19th century
Medium: Wood, brass, human hair
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-07
Commemorative figure of a chief playing a sanza (thumb piano)
Date: 19th-20th century
Medium: Wood, kaolin
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-26
Commemorative female figure
Date: 19th century
Medium: Wood, brass, human hair, red clay, seed, fine beads
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-08
Commemorative female figure
Date: 19th century
Medium: Wood, human hair, red clay
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-09
Pwo mask
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Medium: Wood, leather, metal
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-12
Pwo mask
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Medium: Wood, fiber, metal, clay
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-17
Pwo mask
Date: 19th century
Medium: Wood, fiber, pigment
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-18
Pwo mask
Date: ca. 1820
Medium: Wood, fiber, metal
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-19
Pwo mask
Date: 19th century
Medium: Wood, fiber, pigments, metal, plastic, animal and plant material
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-22
Pwo mask
Date: Early 20th century
Medium: Wood, fibers, metal, red and white clay
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-24
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Medium: Wood
Accession Number: TR.424.2010
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Medium: Wood
Accession Number: TR.469.2010
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Medium: Wood
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-03
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Medium: Wood
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-04
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Medium: Wood, raffia
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-05
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Medium: Wood
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-06
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Medium: Wood
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-07
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Medium: Wood
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-09
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Medium: Wood
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-11
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Medium: Wood
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-12
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Medium: Wood, fibers
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-25
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Medium: Wood
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-26
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Medium: Wood, fibers, fur
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-29
Commemorative figure
Buli Master, possibly Ngongo ya Chintu (Hemba, ca. 1810-1870)
Date: 19th century
Medium: Wood
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-08
Commemorative figure
Buli Master, possibly Ngongo ya Chintu (Hemba, ca. 1810-1870)
Date: 19th century
Medium: Wood
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-30
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Medium: Wood
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-32
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Medium: Wood
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-34
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Medium: Wood
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-36
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Medium: Wood
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-37
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–20th century
Medium: Wood, fibers
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-41
Nikare, his wife, and their daughter
Date: ca. 2420–2389 B.C. or later
Accession Number: Intro-01
Portrait of Octavian
Date: 5–15 C.E.
Accession Number: Intro-03
Portrait head of a matron in the style of Livia
Date: ca. 40–20 B.C.
Accession Number: Intro-04
Queen Mother Pendant Mask: Iyoba
Date: 16th century
Accession Number: 1978.412.323
Head of an Oba
Date: 16th century
Accession Number: 1979.206.86
Head of an oba
Date: 17th century
Accession Number: Intro-06
Figure: Oba with Sacrificial Animals from the Ezomo's Altar of the Hand
Date: 18th–19th century
Accession Number: 1991.17.113
Altar to the Hand of Ezomo Ehenua (Ikegobo)
Date: 18th–19th century
Accession Number: 1996.11
Memorial Head (Ntiri)
Date: 17th century (?)
Accession Number: 1978.412.352
Memorial Head (Ntiri)
Date: 17th century (?)
Accession Number: 1978.412.353
Memorial head
Date: Possibly 17th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-21
Memorial head (Ntiri)
Date: 17th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-02
Memorial head
Date: 18th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-07
Memorial head
Date: 18th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-01
Memorial head
Date: 17th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-03
Memorial head
Date: 18th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-04
Memorial head of Afukwa
Date: 18th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-05
Memorial head of Nana Attabra
Date: 18th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-06
Memorial head
Date: 19th–20th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-09
Memorial head (lid from a clan vessel)
Date: Possibly 19th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-16
Memorial Head
Date: 19th–20th century
Accession Number: 1995.64.21
Memorial head
Date: ca. 1800
Accession Number: TR.415.1.2010
Memorial head
Date: ca. 1800
Accession Number: TR.415.2.2010
Memorial head
Date: 17th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-14
Clan vessel
Date: 20th century, before 1962
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-22
Clan vessel lid
Date: 19th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-15
Memorial figure of a priest
Date: 18th–early 20th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-17
Memorial figure possibly representing a chief
Date: 18th–early 20th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-20
Memorial Figure of a Hornblower (Mma)
Date: 18th–early 20th century
Accession Number: 1978.412.394
Memorial figure of a woman
Date: 18th–early 20th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-26
Memorial head
Date: 17th–19th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-28
Memorial head
Date: 17th–19th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Akan-29
Memorial Head (Nsodie)
Date: 17th–mid-18th century
Accession Number: 1978.412.563
Memorial head
Date: ca. 1800
Accession Number: TR.380.2010
Commemorative figure of a priestess
Date: 19th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Bangwa-02
Commemorative figure of a chief
Date: 19th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Bangwa-08
Commemorative thrones of Chief Tufoyn and Queen Mother Naya
Yu, Fon of Kom
(1830–1912)
Date: Mid-19th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Bangwa-03a, b
Commemorative throne of Queen Mother Nindum (?)
Date: 19th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Bangwa-06
Commemorative throne of Chief Nkwain
Date: 19th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Bangwa-04
Commemorative figure of a chief
Ateu Atsa (Bangwa, ca. 1840–1910)
Date: 19th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Bangwa-05
Commemorative figure of a chief
Ateu Atsa (Bangwa, ca. 1840–1910)
Date: 19th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Bangwa-12
Commemorative figure of a chief
Date: 19th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Bangwa-09
Commemorative figure of a chief
Date: 19th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Bangwa-13
Fon Ndi (r. 1926–54) and attendant at ntul, Laikom’s landmark identified with its founding
Paul Gebauer
(American (born Germany), 1900–1977)
Date: Before 1954
Accession Number: Gebauer 1
Portrait of Fon Lo’o (r. 1954–66)
Paul Gebauer
(American (born Germany), 1900–1977)
Date: Before 1966
Accession Number: Gebauer2
Portrait of Fon Nsom (r. 1966–75) holding a prestige pipe in brass and ivory
Paul Gebauer
(American (born Germany), 1900–1977)
Date: 1966–70
Accession Number: Gebauer3
Fon Ndi (r. 1926–54) at the sacred basalt stone platform overlooking the Kom hills
Paul Gebauer
(American (born Germany), 1900–1977)
Date: October 1940
Accession Number: Gebauer4
View of Laikom
Paul Gebauer
(American (born Germany), 1900–1977)
Date: October 1940
Accession Number: Gebauer5
Laikom Court, detail of carved pillars flanking the entrance
Paul Gebauer
(American (born Germany), 1900–1977)
Date: October 1940
Accession Number: Gebauer6
Laikom Court, detail of an interior pillar in the form of a retainer, attributed to Yu, celebrated fon and sculptor (1865–1912)
Paul Gebauer
(American (born Germany), 1900–1977)
Date: 1937
Accession Number: Gebauer7
Commemorative figure of a chief as Cibinda Ilunga
Date: 19th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-01
Commemorative figure of a chief as Cibinda Ilunga
Date: 19th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-02
Commemorative figure of a chief as Cibinda Ilunga
Date: 19th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-03
Commemorative figure of a chief as Cibinda Ilunga
Date: Before 1914
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-15
Commemorative figure of a chief
Date: 19th–20th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-04
Commemorative figure of a chief
Date: 19th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-25
Commemorative couple
Date: 19th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-05A,B
Commemorative figure of a chief
Date: 19th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-06
Commemorative figure of a chief
Date: 19th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-07
Commemorative figure of a chief playing a sanza (thumb piano)
Date: 19th-20th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-26
Commemorative female figure
Date: 19th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-08
Commemorative female figure
Date: 19th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-09
Pwo mask
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-12
Pwo mask
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-17
Pwo mask
Date: 19th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-18
Pwo mask
Date: ca. 1820
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-19
Pwo mask
Date: 19th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-22
Pwo mask
Date: Early 20th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Chokwe-24
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Accession Number: TR.424.2010
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Accession Number: TR.469.2010
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-03
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-04
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-05
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-06
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-07
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-09
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-11
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-12
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-25
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-26
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-29
Commemorative figure
Buli Master, possibly Ngongo ya Chintu (Hemba, ca. 1810-1870)
Date: 19th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-08
Commemorative figure
Buli Master, possibly Ngongo ya Chintu (Hemba, ca. 1810-1870)
Date: 19th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-30
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-32
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-34
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-36
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–early 20th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-37
Commemorative figure
Date: 19th–20th century
Accession Number: Portrait-Hemba-41
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