Portfolio: Encounters: The Arts of Africa [Exhibition Ongoing]

Installed in 2012, Encounters was the first of KAM’s permanent collection galleries to be fully renovated and reconceived to reflect the museum’s commitment to exploring the global connections and epistemological frames through which objects move and come to be known in the world. Curator: Allyson Purpura.

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Shrine Figure (onile)

brass or bronze, and iron

Divination Bowl (Agere ifa)

brass or bronze and iron


wood with pyrography

Power Figure (Nkisi)

wood, cowrie shells, fiber, and palm oil

Bound Figure


Portrait Mask (lipiko)

wood with human hair, paint and pigment




faience (glaze sintered-quartz)

Pair of Sandals (mtalawanda)

wood with silver and copper

Ibeji Figure

wood, nails, cowrie shells, and camwood powder

Efe-Gelede Cap Mask (Apasa)

wood with indigo and white

Face Mask (Ninea-Gla)

wood, metal, and chalk

Ibeji Figure

wood and beads

Power Figure (Nkisi)

wood, lizard, bushbuck horn, and medicinal substances

Female Figure (nkisi)

wood and porcelain

Crest Mask (Chi Wara)

wood, raffia, and brass

Bush Buffalo Mask

wood and pigment

Storage Chest

wood with copper, brass, iron, and pigment

Miniature Initiation Mask

wood, pigment, and raffia

Chief's Stool

wood, brass tacks, and beads

Helmet Mask (epa)

wood, iron, fiber, and sacrificial substances

Dance wand (Eshu)

wood, hide, cowrie shells, fiber, medicinal bundles, indigo

Cap Mask (Mbuya)

wood and pigment

Cap Mask (Pumbu)

wood, pigment, cloth, and fiber

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