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A Baluba Chieftain’s Staff

By: H. U. Hall

Volume XIV / Number 3

IN the last number of the MUSEUM JOURNAL there appeared among several other objects from the Southern Congo two fine examples of wood sculpture from the Urua region. The staff pictured here in Figs. 39 and 40 was obtained from Mr. Emil Torday, the Belgian explorer, in 1913, and described by him as a Baluba […]


Notes on Some Congo and West African Woodcarvings

By: Henry Usher Hall

Volume XIV / Number 2

II. The Southern Congo: Interior Between Lakes Tanganyika and Mweru in the east and the neighbourhood of the Kwango River in the west, the whole region traversed by the northward flowing affluents of the Kasai-the principal left tributary of the Congo—has been greatly influenced by the people known as Baluba. They or their kin founded […]


Congo and West African Woodcarvings

By: Henry Usher Hall

Volume XIV / Number 1

In earlier volumes of the JOURNAL we have published some description of the Museum’s Collection of West African and Congo collections. These collections have recently received important accessions and the purpose of this article is to call attention to one group of these newly acquired objects. I. The Maritime Congo Region The region of Africa […]


Great Benin Royal Altar

By: Henry Usher Hall

Volume XIII / Number 2

The juju or fetish altar which has lately been installed in the African room is designed to exhibit in something like the setting in which they were probably once grouped some of the most interesting examples of the art of Benin included in the University Museum’s important collections from that formerly powerful negro kingdom. Neither […]


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Foreword

By: George Byron Gordon

Volume XIII / Number 2

Prior to 1912 the University Museum possessed a group of 19 small objects from Great Benin presented by Mr. Ling Roth in 1897. They consisted of an ivory armlet, nine light bracelets, two small plaques, a mask and six small ornaments. These personal ornaments were published in part in the MUSEUM BULLETIN for January, 1899. […]


Fetish Figures Of Equatorial Africa

By: H. U. Hall

Volume XI / Number 1

The Museum is about to open a new exhibition of African and South Pacific Art and the time is appropriate to look for the motives that underlie these products. The exhibition will be more intelligible and interesting if seen in connection with the following related facts. In the present article I confine myself to the […]


Some Gods of the Yoruba

By: H. U. Hall

Volume VIII / Number 1

The Yoruba tribes of the hinterland of Lagos in the Western Province of Southern Nigeria were formerly united in a powerful state under an Alafin or King who had his capital at Old Oyo. The Yoruba kingdom was at the height of its power about the end of the seventeenth century, though even as late […]


The New Congo Collection

By: E. Torday

Volume IV / Number 1

During the summer of 1912 the Museum acquired by purchase a collection of about two thousand specimens consisting of weapons, utensils, ornaments, clothing and images from a number of African tribes living in the Congo basin. This collection was, for the most part, obtained from the natives by the well-known German traveler, Frobenius. Though for […]


The Art of Great Benin

Volume III / Number 4

AMONG the collections purchased last summer none is of greater importance than the bronzes and carved elephant tusks from Benin. Great Benin, a negro city and capital of a kingdom of the same name on the coast of Guinea and near the banks of the Niger, was discovered by Portuguese navigators in the fourteenth century. […]


Some East African Tribes

Volume II / Number 2

The Museum has recently acquired, through purchase, a collection of photographs representing several of the tribes in British East Africa. The coast of that country, as is well known, is occupied by the Swahili, a people composed of a mixture of arab and negro tribes and professing the Mohamedan religion. The Swahili have been traders […]