This beautifully carved wooden sculpture by Nigerian artist Felix Idubor was completed in 1960 and gifted to the Mead in 2002.
The Mead’s collection of African art includes more than 300 objects made in the twentieth century, including carved rubbing implements and beaded accessories used by diviners; more than forty small, carved figures (ibeji) of Yoruba effigy pairs of deceased twins; and nearly 100 textiles featuring woven raffia skirts of the Kuba and indigo-dyed cotton (adire) cloth and performance garments of the Yoruba peoples.
The following objects from the collection illustrate some of these examples and were either given, bequeathed, or purchased for the Mead. My favorite is #5, Comb. You can see more African art objects by visiting the Mead’s Collections Database, Keyword Search “African.”
Image sources: Head of a Woman / 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6