At the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

Virtually explore the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. with Smarthistory as your guide

Some background

videos + essays

Link to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art's website

Amazigh (Berber) jewelry
Amazigh (Berber) jewelry

These elaborate ear pendants and headdress were worn by Jewish or Berber women in modern-day Morocco

<i>Battle of Adwa</i>
Battle of Adwa

This painting depicts the moment when the Ethiopian army defeated Italian aggressors, defending itself against colonization

El Anatsui, <em>Untitled</em>
El Anatsui, Untitled

The artist transforms metal from alcohol bottles into textiles that represent libations for ancestors.

Female <em>(pwo)</em> Mask
Female (pwo) Mask

This mask was made and worn by men, but its purpose is to honor women who have bravely survived childbirth.