Virtually explore the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. with Smarthistory as your guide
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This mask was made and worn by men, but its purpose is to honor women who have bravely survived childbirth.
These elaborate ear pendants and headdress were worn by Jewish or Berber women in modern-day Morocco
This painting depicts the moment when the Ethiopian army defeated Italian aggressors, defending itself against colonization
The artist transforms metal from alcohol bottles into textiles that represent libations for ancestors.