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Africa Collections

Some of The Field Museum’s archaeological collections from Africa have shaped reconstructions of how the first members of our species made their living.  Contemporary African cultures continue a legacy of social complexity, reflected in the artistic as well as everyday objects in the Museum’s collections.  Africa's complex art, technology, architecture, and political systems are documented both by the Museum's archaeological assemblages and varied historical collections.

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Some of The Field Museum’s archaeological collections from Africa have shaped reconstructions of how the first members of our species made their living.  Contemporary African cultures continue a legacy of social complexity, reflected in the artistic as well as everyday objects in the Museum’s collections.  Africa's complex art, technology, architecture, and political systems are documented both by the Museum's archaeological assemblages and varied historical collections.


Image above: Detail of a Tuareg saddle bag from Agades, Niger.  Catalog Number 222077. © The Field Museum, A112459, Photographer .

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Collections

Africa's complex art, technology, architecture, and political systems are documented both by the Museum's archaeological assemblages and varied historical and contemporary collections.
The Field Museum contains one of the finest collections of Cameroon artifacts from the West African grassfields. The purchase included 332 ethnological photographs taken in 1912 and attributed to a man named Schroeder.
For six short months in 1893, Jackson Park in Chicago was home to one of the largest and most spectacular expositions of the 19th Century. Near the close of the Fair, The Field Columbian Museum (now The Field Museum) was founded.