Permanent exhibition

Exhibition objects


Central Africa


Central Africa has countless facets and only a few are shown here through sculptures, ritual instruments, weapons and watercolours. In this immense territory, once controlled by powerful African kingdoms, court arts and rituals were asphyxiated first by the slave trade and then by colonisation. In Europe, the public shuddered at the sight of "nail fetishes" and were moved by the drawings of Congolese artists.

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