University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

The African collection at the Penn Museum is one of the largest in the country. It includes approximately 15,000 ethnographic and 5,000 archaeological objects, mostly obtained between 1891 and 1937. A large part of the collection was purchased in 1912 from art dealers in London and Hamburg; many of these objects were collected in the Belgian Congo (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) by the famous German ethnographer Leo Frobenius. A fair amount also came from missionaries working in Africa during the first three decades of the 20th century.

This collection of sculpture, masks, textiles, utilitarian objects, armaments, and ceramics dating from the 17th century to the 20th century are recognized as superb examples of the canons of African Art. The exceptional holdings are from all regions of Africa, with a concentration of artifacts from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Angola, Morocco, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Madagascar.

Although many of the artifacts can be appreciated from a purely artistic or aesthetic standpoint, the Museum's main interest in them is as an ethnographic study collection. The collection therefore contains everything from masks and statuary pieces to clothing and musical instruments.


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Stool

AF5121

AF5121

Museum Object

Mask

AF3685

AF3685

Museum Object

Basket Lid

AF1835B

AF1835B

Museum Object



Cup

AF428

AF428

Museum Object

Pile Cloth

AF1437

AF1437

Museum Object

Sculpture

75-31-1

75-31-1

Museum Object



Cup

AF466

AF466

Museum Object

Sculpture

29-12-68

29-12-68

Museum Object

Pile Cloth

AF1438

AF1438

Museum Object



Mask

29-61-21

29-61-21

Museum Object

Reliquary Guardian Figure

29-12-236

29-12-236

Museum Object

Basket

AF1835A

AF1835A

Museum Object



Sculpture

29-12-97

29-12-97

Museum Object

Tablet

29-201-704

29-201-704

Museum Object

Figure

30-46-2

30-46-2

Museum Object



Dance Crest

82-1-1

82-1-1

Museum Object

Cup

AF412

AF412

Museum Object

Drum

29-93-39

29-93-39

Museum Object



Statue

AF5380

AF5380

Museum Object

Cross

87-13-107

87-13-107

Museum Object

Chopper

AF1937

AF1937

Museum Object



Cross

87-13-106

87-13-106

Museum Object

Armlet

29-93-3

29-93-3

Museum Object

Cross

87-13-48

87-13-48

Museum Object



Cup

AF5116

AF5116

Museum Object

Pottery

AF5360

AF5360

Museum Object

Plaque

AF2066

AF2066

Museum Object



Textile

78-2-4

78-2-4

Museum Object

Basket

2003-53-2

2003-53-2

Museum Object

Box Lid

AF521B

AF521B

Museum Object



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