The Art of Africa

Discover the diverse arts of Africa from select cultures and time periods on the world’s second largest continent.





Detail of Oba, Benin plaque, MFA, Boston
How to impress your courtiers: a lesson from the Kingdom of Benin

Benin Plaques








This cloth—first woven by a wise spider—sends social messages through a system of specific patterns.

Kente cloth



Christian Ethiopian art
Ethiopia’s Christian heritage predates much of Europe’s, and includes churches hewn from living rock.

Christian Ethiopian art