|Since the mid-1980s the Art Institute has received a selection of significant sculpture and textiles from West and Central Africa as generous gifts from the Richard and Barbara Faletti Family Collection. Seven Yoruba works from, what is today, Nigeria and the Republic of Benin form the largest part of this important group of gifts and enhance the Art Institute’s Yoruba collection. They include two contrasting masks for the masquerades known as Gelede and Epa and a delicate 17th- or 18th-century ivory divination tapper featuring kneeling figures of a hunter and a woman. Also on view are a modeled 17th- or 18th-century terracotta commemorative head from the Court of Benin in Nigeria, an Asante linguist staff covered in gold leaf, from Ghana, and an abstract, geometrically patterned Bwa mask, from Burkina Faso.
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