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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Aja Nsukka

burlap, with handmade paper, dye, and acrylic paint

Bound Figure


Bush Buffalo Mask

wood and pigment

Cap Mask (Mbuya)

wood and pigment

Cap Mask (Pumbu)

wood, pigment, cloth, and fiber

Chief's Stool

wood, brass tacks, and beads

Crest Mask (Chi Wara)

wood, raffia, and brass

Dance wand (Eshu)

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

Divination Bowl (Agere ifa)

brass or bronze and iron

Efe-Gelede Cap Mask (Apasa)

wood with indigo and white

Face Mask (Ninea-Gla)

wood, metal, and chalk

Female Figure (nkisi)

wood and porcelain



Helmet Mask (epa)

wood, iron, fiber, and sacrificial substances

Ibeji Figure

wood, nails, cowrie shells, and camwood powder

Ibeji Figure

wood and beads

Miniature Initiation Mask

wood, pigment, and raffia

Pair of Sandals (mtalawanda)

wood with silver and copper

Portrait Mask (lipiko)

wood with human hair, paint and pigment

Power Figure (Nkisi)

wood, lizard, bushbuck horn, and medicinal substances

Power Figure (Nkisi)

wood, cowrie shells, fiber, and palm oil


faience (glaze sintered-quartz)

Shrine Figure (onile)

brass or bronze, and iron


wood with pyrography

Storage Chest

wood with copper, brass, iron, and pigment

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