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Ijo, Abua, or Ekpeye Artist, Nigeria, Water Spirit Headdress, twentieth century, polychrome wood and mirrors, purchase with funds from Fred and Rita Richman, 2007.115.

The African Art collection maintains distinction in art and cultural objects of various peoples of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Mali, with Nigeria and the Congo the most strongly represented in both quantity and range of media. In addition to items representing Yoruba visual culture, the collection features decorative, functional, and spiritual objects of Igbo, Hausa, Ibibio, Edo, and Urhobo tradition and innovation. This includes figurative sculptures of wood and brass, as well as skillfully detailed beadwork and adornments.