Topic Essays

Topic NameAuthorInstitution
Art from the Ijo Spirit World Martha G. AndersonAlfred University
Puppet Masquerades in the Valley of the Niger Mary Jo ArnoldiNational Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
Weaving in Southern Nigeria Lisa AronsonSkidmore College
Art and Rule in the Benin Kingdom Barbara W. BlackmunProfessor Emeritus, San Diego Mesa College
Art and Initiation Among the Yaka and Suku Arthur BourgeoisProfessor Emeritus, Governors State University
Mbari: Art as Process in Igboland Herbert M. ColeProfessor Emeritus, University of California, Santa Barbara
Igbo Art in Social Context Herbert M. ColeProfessor Emeritus, University of California, Santa Barbara
Kuba Art and Rule Joseph Aurélien Cornet (1919 - 2004)Formerly Institute for National Museums of Congo
Benin Kingdom Leadership Regalia Kathy CurnowCleveland State University
Komo among Tagwa-Senufo Peoples in Southwest Burkina Faso Boureima T. DiamitaniWest African Museums Programme
Yoruba Gelede Masquerade Henry J. DrewalUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison
Sculpture of the Bamana Jo Society Kate EzraYale University Art Gallery (formerly Columbia College of Art)
Bamana Women’s Pottery Barbara FrankSUNY at Stony Brook
Akan Leadership Art and Ceremony Michelle GilbertTrinity College
Textiles in Mali Rachel HoffmanFormerly University of California, Los Angeles
Art and Initiation in Western Zambia Manuel JordánMusical Instrument Museum (formerly Birmingham Museum of Art)
Young Women in Contemporary Zulu Society Sandra KlopperUniversity of Cape Town
Life in the Cameroon Grasslands Hans-Joachim Koloss (1938 - 2013)Formerly Museum für Völkerkunde
Art of the Bamana Blacksmith Patrick McNaughtonIndiana University
Luba Art and Divination Mary Nooter RobertsUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Art and Life Among the Zaramo of Tanzania Diane PelrineIndiana University Art Museum
Ifa Divination John Pemberton IIIProfessor Emeritus, Amherst College
Women's Art and Initiation in Mendeland Ruth Phillips, Henrietta Cosentino and Rebecca Busselle(R.P.) Carleton University
Visual Symbols of Self: South Sotho Arts and Initiation David M. M. RiepColorado State University, Fort Collins
Islam and Islamic Arts in Africa Allen F. RobertsUniversity of California, Los Angeles (formerly University of Iowa)
The Status of Dogon Visual Culture Allen F. RobertsUniversity of California, Los Angeles (formerly University of Iowa)
Akan Leadership Arts Doran RossFormerly Fowler Museum, UCLA
Military Arts of the Fante Doran RossFormerly Fowler Museum, UCLA
Nature, Spirits and Arts in Burkina Faso Christopher D. RoyUniversity of Iowa
The Art of Burkina Faso Christopher D. RoyUniversity of Iowa
Signs and Symbols in African Art: Graphic Patterns in Burkina Faso Christopher D. RoyUniversity of Iowa
Do in Leaves and Wood Among the Bobo and the Bwa Christopher D. RoyUniversity of Iowa
Mangbetu Royal Art and Herbert Lang, 1902-1906 Enid SchildkroutMuseum for African Art (formerly American Museum of Natural History)
Masquerades Among the Dan People William Siegmann (1943 - 2011)Formerly The Brooklyn Museum
Akan Brass Casting Raymond SilvermanUniversity of Michigan
Art and Architecture in Northern Ghana Fred T. SmithKent State University
Frafra Leatherwork and Brass Bangles Fred T. SmithKent State University
Art and Death in Southern Côte d’Ivoire Robert SoppelsaUS State Department / Art in Embassies (formerly Washburn University)
Art and Death in A Yoruba Community Norma WolffProfessor Emerita, Iowa State University