African Collection

Ceremonial, ritual, and utilitarian objects representing diverse cultures throughout the continent of Africa

The Palmer Museum of Art’s collection of traditional African art includes articles for ceremonial and ritual practice, such as masks, textiles, and headdresses, as well as utilitarian objects ranging from razors, combs, and food containers to headrests, chairs, and gold weights. The objects represent a variety of cultures from countries in West, Central, and East Africa.

Hat, mukuba wa maseza, Lega people, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 20th century