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Masterpieces From Africa

BangwaCameroonPhoto: Hughes DuboisMusée Dapper
Photo: Hughes Dubois
Musée Dapper
Masterpieces From Africa: In the collections of the Musée Dapper
PARIS  •  Musée Dapper  •  Ongoing

Notable characteristics of the collections of the Musée Dapper are the diversity of their geographic origins and their antiquity. The exhibition presents around 130 of its most important pieces. Some are unique and without any equivalent in the world, such as the sculptures from Gabon (Fang, Kota, Punu), Cameroon (Bangwa), Benin (Fon) and Mali (Dogon, Soninke).
Long-awaited by the public, Masterpieces from Africa will enable visitors to discover keynote works of art whose significance is rooted in the cultures of Central and West Africa.

The different pieces exhibited have been chosen for their sculptural qualities but also for the roles they played in the societies within which they were created: masks, statues, statuettes, altars, headdresses, weapons and other artefacts are closely linked to specific practices and forms of knowledge. They had multiple functions, for example, some were used in initiation rituals, such as those of adolescents or of men developing esoteric and/or technical knowledge. Others, though sometimes the same pieces, were employed in cults that worshipped the ancestors or ensured the fertility of women and the land, or for purposes of cures.

Musée Dapper Website

Contact: Musée Dapper
35 rue Paul Valéry
75116 Paris
Tel: (33) 01 45 00 91 75

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