• Male figure (detail). Songye, D.R.C. Wood, horn, metal, beads, fiber, pelts, snake skin; h. 90.5 cm. Ethnographic Museum, Antwerp [Bequest of Paul Osterrieth, 1940] (AE 1940.1.47). Male figure (detail). Songye, D.R.C. Wood, metal, cowries, horns, pelts, pangolin skin, beads; h. 121.3 cm. Private collection. Photo: © Ethnographic Museum, Antwerp Michel Wuyts
  • Male figure. Songye, D.R.C. Wood, horn, metal, beads, fiber, pelts, snake skin; h. 90.5 cm. Ethnographic Museum, Antwerp [Bequest of Paul Osterrieth, 1940] (AE 1940.1.47). Photo: © Bart Huysmans, Antwerp
  • Bowl bearer. Luba, D.R.C. Wood, brass tacks, iron, beads; h. 39 cm. Felix Collection. Photo: © Dick Beaulieux, Brussels
  • Bow stand. Luba, D.R.C. Wood, metal; h. 59.4 cm. Ethnographic Museum, Antwerp Museum purchase, 1920 (AE 722). Photo: © Hughes Dubois, Paris/Brussels
  • Male figure. Luluwa, D.R.C. Wood; h. 41.6 cm. Collection Laura and James J. Ross. Photo: © John Bigelow Taylor, New York
  • Male figure. Chokwe, Angola. Wood; h. 37.1 cm. Collection Sidney and Bernice Clyman. Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Animal horn. Possibly Luluwa, D.R.C. Animal horn filled with small horns, metal, dirt, and ingredients; h. 20 cm. Felix Collection. Photo: © Dick Beaulieux, Brussels
  • Male figure. Songye, D.R.C. Wood, brass, iron, glass beads, cowrie shell, leopard’s teeth, gourd, reptile skin, fiber; h. 66 cm. Possibly field-collected by W. F. P. Burton in 1927–35. National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington [museum purchase and gift of Professor David Driskell, Friends of the National Museum of African Art, Robert and Nancy Nooter, Milton F. and Frieda Rosenthal, Honorable and Mrs. Michael Samuels, and Mr. Michael Sonnenreich] (86–4-1). Photo: © National Museum
  • Figure said to represent the culture hero Chibinda Ilunga. Chokwe, Angola. Wood, hair; h. 40.6 cm. Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth (AP 1978.05). Photo: © 1999 Michael Bodycomb; Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Female figure. Luba, D.R.C. Wood, beads, brass tacks; h. 26.5 cm. Collection Guy Porré and Nathalie Chaboche. Photo: © Hughes Dubois, Brussels/Paris
  • Female figure. Songye, D.R.C. Wood, brass tacks; h. 20.6 cm. Collection Robert Rubin. Photo: © Jerry L. Thompson, courtesy Museum for African Art, New York
  • Assemblage of three figures. Songye or Luba-Kasai, D.R.C. Wood, claws, horns, pelts, metal, seeds; h. 78 cm. Felix Collection. Photo: © Dick Beaulieux, Brussels
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Art and Power in the Central African Savanna

Sunday, March 1, 2009 to Sunday, May 31, 2009
The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Hall

This exhibition was organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art. Support for education and public programs for Art and Power were provided in part by members of the Friends of African and African-American Art and the African-American Adivsory Committee. The Cleveland Museum of Art is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this exhibition with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.