“...seating ourselves about the immense fire, for it was growing chilly, we took a hearty supper together... Then ensued wild stories of hunting adventures, of witchcraft, and evil spirits, well-fitting the rude picturesque surroundings...” — Paul Du Chaillu, “Explorations and Adventures in Equatorial Africa” (1861), p. 166.
BELOW: The Ile-Ife Hunting Game Association publishes videos showing hunting and preparation of bushmeat in West Africa.
Women's belt knives from Mahagi in the Congo.
A Pygmy or Lega tribal mask. Early to mid 20th century.
A Ngi cult mask from forest region of south Cameroon.
A skull mask of the Igbo people of Nigeria.
A war knife with carved ivory handle. Ekibondo village, Mangbetu tribe.
A Pygmy carrying basket made of split cane. Measurements: 31 x 32 x 24.5 cm (12 3/16 x 12 5/8 x 9 5/8 in.)
"Akahayiha", small basket for coffee berries as a guest gift.
Beaded apron/loincloth from northern Cameroon, Kirdi tribe.
A "Ziã ku Gli" mask of Gbe clan of Liberia. This wooden mask seems made of stone.
Woven fiber and leather basket of the Dinka tribe.
Bell for hunting dog, Efe Pygmies. Measurements: 18 x 17 x 5.2 cm (7 1/16 x 6 11/16 x 2 1/16 in.)
A Gelede society mask from Nigeria.
Brass figure of two people copulating. Benin. Height: 13 cm (5.1 inches).
A brass imitation of an American pipe. Gio, Liberia.
A wedding basket from Ivory Coast, woven and covered in leather.
A bateba figure of the Lobi tribe of Burkina Faso. These figures serve as intermediaries between protective spirits and men.
Pendant of carved ivory crescents bound at center with leather and reptile skin. Cameroon (Bafia).
A kerosene lamp made from two sardine cans soldered together. Ewe tribe, Lomé, Togo.
A "Zi" maski with animal teeth, from Ziali region of Liberia.
A Poro mask missing some (real) teeth.
A "Pia Se" mask of the Kra people of Liberia.
Petroglyphs in Niger thought to be 30,000 years old found near the Oasis of Tezizet.
A Dan tribe "Zakpai" mask, Ivory Coast and Liberia.
Prehistoric rock art at Tiguidit, Agadez Province, Niger.
More Niger rock art discovered in the desert.
Petroglyphs in Mali, 1960s.
A Tuareg tent pole from the Tahoua plains of Niger.
Measurements: 105.5 x 14.5 x 3.5 cm (41 9/16 x 5 11/16 x 1 3/8 in.)
Above: the art of making fire.
Fetish tunics worn by hunters, Cameroon or Mali. 20th century.
A Dogon hunter in Begnimato, Mali.