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African Art from the Collections of Martha and Dileep Mehta and the MMFA

June 20 through November 15, 2015

EX-African2Masks, sculptures, and religious and domestic objects illustrate the artistry and craftsmanship of diverse African artists who work with wood, gourds, terracotta, iron, and other natural materials. Wood and gourds can be cut and shaped directly, but terra cotta must be fired, and iron requires smelting prior to forging or casting. Knowledge of the these tasks is valued highly by the Baule, Bamana, Bamalike, Bassa, Djenne, Dan, Dogon, Ewe, Lega, Massai, Tabwa, Tikar, and Yoruba peoples whose art is displayed in this exhibition.


Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.



Sponsored by Winifred and Charles A. Stakely; Co-Sponsored by Renasant Bank.

Bamana Peoples, Crest Mask: Female Antelope (Chi Wara), 20th Century, wood, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Dileep and Martha Mehta, 2013.17.5