Minneapolis Institute : African
Mali, 1200-1400 AD
It turns out that the Minneapolis Institute of Art has quite a good collection of non-European art.
Nok, Nigeria, 500 BC
Bamana, Mali, 20th C.
Djenne, Mali, c. 1450
The date of this sub-Saharan wood carving is rather hard to believe -- but apparently it has been confirmed with tests.
I neglected to shoot the label - which is quite a shame, because I love this goofy piece with the torpedo breasts.
(update: I just found it online ,
it's a Satimbe mask from Dogon, 20th C. )
Asante, Ghana, comb, 20th C.
Yoruba, Nigeria, Diviner's staff, 20th C.
Ding, Congo, 19th C.
Bambana or Dogon, Mali, 20th C.
Kusu, Congo, 19th C.
Overall, I think the curators/collectors involved had a sharper eye than their colleagues in Chicago.
But for some reason they believe that world art should be displayed in a much dimmer light than that which shines on the European pieces shown on the second floor.