5 Episodes

Department of Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

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Face by
Joanne Pillsbury
, curator

Mask [Olmec]

Being able to recognize a face is one of those fundamental survival skills.
#95
Photography by
Oi-Cheong Lee
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Close-Ups
Nosing Around by
Julie Jones
, curator

Nose Ornament with Spiders [Peru; Salinar (?)]

It’s a form of mask, a form of changed personality.
#88
Photography by
Katherine Dahab
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Bundle of Emotions by
Yaëlle Biro
, curator

Seated Figure [Djenné peoples; Mali, Inland Niger Delta region]

It has all these apertures almost as if it is breathing and hearing what is around it.
#53
Photography by
Karin L. Willis
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On Site
Playing from Memory by
Eric Kjellgren
, curator

Slit Gong (Atingting kon) [Tin Mweleun; Vanuatu, Ambrym Island]

The ancestors watch over human activities, but are also connected with the larger workings of the cosmos.
#33
Photography by
Oi-Cheong Lee
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Prime of Life by
Alisa LaGamma
, curator

Seated Female Figure from a Reliquary [Fang peoples; Gabon or Equatorial Guinea]

She’s completely at ease and staring down any kind of gaze.
#4
Photography by
Anna-Marie Kellen
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