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Contemporary African Art


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An Akan Mother and Child. Select List No. 23


The contemporary art of Africa eludes generalized description. Artists have utilized various mediums, from oils to silk screening, and methods varying from brass casting by the ancient lost wax process to welding tin cans and other metals into sculpture. Traditionalists like Lamidi Fakeye produce sculpture and wood carvings based on classical African designs. A larger group works in the more modern styles of cubism, expressionism, and surrealism, while others seek a purely personal style. Many African artists were trained at European and American schools; others feel that they can achieve truly African expression only in their native surroundings. In Nigeria, for example, the national artistic tradition is strong and pervasive, even though obscured by the effects of European colonialism and Christian and Muslim religious zeal. In many other countries, traditional art very nearly succumbed under these forces. Thus contemporary artwork is classified as African purely on the basis of the artist's nationality, rather than according to a peculiar style, subject, purpose, or medium.

The Harmon Foundation, a nonprofit, private foundation active from 1922 to 1967, helped foster an awareness of African art. Although its initial projects were funding parks and playgrounds and providing student loans, the foundation's flexible structure lent itself to support a wide range of activities, including art. The foundation's interest in contemporary African art grew rather spontaneously. Its initial contact with Africa came through three series of motion pictures commissioned by the foundation in the 1930's on native life and tribal customs and the work of Christian missions in Africa. Although art was not selected as a focal point, the films depicted a culture built around folk crafts; houses, furnishings, cooking utensils, and clothing were all handcrafted from local materials. Art, in a broad sense, had always been an integral part of African life. By the mid-1940s a few artists, aware of the films and the foundation's work with African-American artists and anxious to create a market for their artworks in the United States, began sending their work to the New York offices. General interest was slow to develop. Connoisseurs of art seemed to see the African work not as serious, creative effort, but as sociological commentary on modern Africa. This view became particularly apparent in 1950, when the foundation had difficulty finding an established gallery for an exhibit by Ben Enwonwu, a leading Nigerian artist whose work had been successfully shown in England.

As a result of these early experiences, a strong relationship developed between the African artists, the foundation, and the American art community. More and more artists became aware of the foundation as a contact point and more frequently shipped artworks to the United States for exhibit and sale. The foundation became conscious of the substantial lack of appreciation for contemporary African art and of its own potential role in promoting intercultural understanding. By 1967 it was well established as a liaison between the artists and interested groups. With the cooperation of the Merton Simpson Gallery in New York and a few university galleries, it arranged several one-man shows and numerous general exhibits. After 6 years of research, it published "Africa's Contemporary Art and Artists", a descriptive compilation of artists in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, the staff collected black and white prints and color slides of nearly 2,500 artworks. The Harmon Foundation's role had mushroomed from a latent, remote interest to leadership in the field of contemporary African art.

When the foundation ended its activities in 1967, it donated its entire collection of motion pictures, filmstrips, color slides, and black and white prints and negatives on a variety of subjects to the National Archives. The following selection, arranged alphabetically by name of artist, from the "Artworks by African Artists" series, is a representative sample of the work of some of the artists in the collection.  Listed under each artists’ name is the artwork’s title, followed by media type, year, local identification number, and the National Archives Identifier number (NAID). The National Archives Identifier number is linked to NARA’s online catalog where a digitized file of the photograph is available for download.  Asterisks that follow the artwork titles indicate that they are available both in color and black and white. The National Archives has no information on the rights the artists might hold on the reproductions of their paintings. An inclusive list of artists in this series is available upon request. Many photographs from the Harmon Foundation are not listed here. Separate inquiries about other photographs should be as specific as possible listing names, dates, places, events, and any additional details. This list was originally compiled in 1975 and has been updated as recently as May 2021.


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List of Works

* Asterisks following artwork titles indicate those which are available in color as well as black and white.

Abossolo, Martin (Cameroon)

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Egrets. Select List No. 4

  1. Dancer No. 1,* oil (1965), National Archives Identifier: 558792, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1B-2
  2. Pensive,* oil. National Archives Identifier: 558791, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1B-1
  3. Tom-Tom Player No.1,* oil (1965). National Archives Identifier: 558793, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1B-6

Abubakar, Fatma Abdullah (Tanzania)

  1. Egrets, oil. National Archives Identifier: 558795, Local Identifier:H-HN-AA-1C-2
  2. Feeding Monkeys,* oil. National Archives Identifier: 558794, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1C-1

Addo-Osafo, Emmanuel (Ghana)

  1. The Coming of the Ashanti Golden Stool, linocut? National Archives Identifier: 558798, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1D-15
  2. The Great Whip, print. National Archives Identifier:  558797, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1D-12
  3. The Orange Seller, linocut or woodcut.  National Archives Identifier:  558796, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1D-8

Afolabi, Jacob (Nigeria)

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    Suzannah and the Elders, oil. , Select List No. 14.

    The Flash-Eyed Mother, linocut. National Archives Identifier:  558800, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1E-5
  2. Igbo and His People, linocut. National Archives Identifier:  558801, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1E-7
  3. Latanga with His Guard, linocut. National Archives Identifier: 558799, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1E-2

Ahmed, Taj S.M. (Sudan)

  1. Interior with Sarcophagus,* lithograph (1962). National Archives Identifier: 558804, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1G-8
  2. Ottoman Khedive,* oil. National Archives Identifier: 558803, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1G-5
  3. Suzannah and the Elders,* oil. National Archives Identifier: 558802, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1G-2

Akeredolu, Justus, D. (Nigeria)

  1. Boy balancing on one hand,* thorn carving (sculpture carved from the thorn of the wild cotton tree). National Archives Identifier: 558807, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1H-12
  2. Bust of Nigerian girl,* thorn carving. National Archives Identifier: 558808, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1H-17
  3. Farmer cutting bush,* thorn carving. National Archives Identifier:  558805, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1H-4
  4. Hands holding six carvings, showing relative size,* thorn carving. National Archives Identifier:  558809, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1H-19
  5. Woman grinding pepper with baby on back,* thorn carving. National Archives Identifier:  558806, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1H-11

Akolo, Jimo B. (Nigeria)

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Pilate Washing Hands and Feet, Select List No. 22.

  1. Dancing Figure,* color print with etching. National Archives Identifier:  558812, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1J-26
  2. Mural, Northern House of Assembly, Kano (?), Nigeria (1964). National Archives Identifier:  558810, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1J-9
  3. Pilate Washing Hands and Feet,* color print (1964). National Archives Identifier:  558811, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1J-24

Antubam, Kofi (Ghana)

  1. An Akan Mother and Child,* watercolor (1947). National Archives Identifier:  558814, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1M-3
  2. Woman Grinding Corn,* watercolor. National Archives Identifier:  558813, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1M-2 

Ballaa, Yousif Ahmed El (Sudan)

  1. Landscape at Khor Taqqat, oil (1958). National Archives Identifier:  558818, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1S-2 
  2. Mabrouka Boardinghouse, oil (1955). National Archives Identifier:  558820, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1S-8
  3. Self-Portrait, oil (1959). National Archives Identifier:  558819, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1S-7

Bedawi, Hassan (Sudan)

  1. Eggz,* watercolor (1965). National Archives Identifier:  558824, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1W-13 
  2. New York Landscape,* oil on board (1965). National Archives Identifier:  558823, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1W-5
  3. Tension,* watercolor (1962). National Archives Identifier:  558822, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1W-3
  4. Village,* watercolor. National Archives Identifier:  558821, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1W-1

Boghossian, Alexander (Skunder) (Ethiopia)

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The Musician, watercolor (1961). Select List No. 41.

  1. Bird No. 1, welded metal sculpture. National Archives Identifier: 558835, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-2C-1
  2. Cave-Bird and the Lantern,* watercolor (1964). National Archives Identifier: 558830, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-2B-12
  3. Hanging Figure, welded metal sculpture. National Archives Identifier: 558836, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-2C-5
  4. Heavenly Enlightenment,* gouache (1964). National Archives Identifier: 558831, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-2B-36
  5. Illumination No. 1,* pen and ink (1964). National Archives Identifier: 558834, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-2B-46
  6. Jeune Fille Assise* (young girl seated), oil (1961). National Archives Identifier: 558825, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-2A-1
  7. Le Marche* (the market), oil (1960). National Archives Identifier: 558826, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-2A-11
  8. Primogenetive Fissure,* watercolor (1964). National Archives Identifier: 558833, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-2B-44
  9. Self-Portrait,* watercolor (1961). National Archives Identifier: 558827, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-2A-15
  10. The Musician, watercolor (1961). National Archives Identifier: 558829, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-2A-23
  11. The Umbrella,* gouache? (1961). National Archives Identifier: 558828, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-2A-17
  12. Twilight Braves,* watercolor (1964). National Archives Identifier: 558832, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-2B-38

Bokoko, Rene (Congo)

  1. Return from Fishing,* gouache? National Archives Identifier: 558838, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3A-3 
  2. The Crocodile Hunt,* watercolor. National Archives Identifier: 558837, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3A-2
  3. The Forest, II,* gouache? National Archives Identifier: 558839, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3A-5

Bucknor, Arthur J. E. (Ghana)

  1. Chief from the North,* pastel (1966). National Archives Identifier: 558841, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3B-5
  2. Chieftaincy,* gouache (1959). National Archives Identifier: 558840, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3B-2
  3. Ghanaian Seascape,* gouache (1958). National Archives Identifier: 558842, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3B-6

Bulu, John Barbor (Liberia)

  1. Street of Thatched Huts,* oil. National Archives Identifier: 558843, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3C-1

Buluma, Mordecai (Uganda)

  1. Man with Bulldog in the Evening,* serigraph.  National Archives Identifier: 558845, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3D-6 
  2. The Abandoned Hut,* oil. National Archives Identifier: 558844, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3D-4
  3. The Market Place,* serigraph (1960). National Archives Identifier: 558846, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3D-8  

Burney-Nichol, Miranda (Sierra Leone)

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The Crocodile Hunt,* watercolor. Select List No. 45.

  1. Child Reading, oil. National Archives Identifier: 558849, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3E-10
  2. Child with food,* section of mural in Children's Hospital (1961). National Archives Identifier: 558847, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3E-2
  3. Steadfast, oil. National Archives Identifier: 558848, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3E-8

Chingono, Francis (Zimbabwe)

  1. From the River, carved wood panel. National Archives Identifier:  558851, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3G-11
  2. Madonna of the Divine, wood sculpture. National Archives Identifier: 558850, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3G-10A
  3. Man Collecting Gold Dust, wood sculpture. National Archives Identifier:  558852, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3G-18

Chinouya, R. (Zimbabwe)

  1. Goats,* watercolor, National Archives Identifier: 558853, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3H-1

Clarke, Peter (South Africa)

  1. African Figure,* stencil print (1958). National Archives Identifier: 558857, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3J-11
  2. In the Wind, linocut (1961). National Archives Identifier: 558854, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3J-3
  3. Man with White Cock, linocut (1959). National Archives Identifier: 558858, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3J-19 
  4. Workers in the Sun,* gouache (1960). National Archives Identifier: 558856, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3J-9
  5. That Evening Sun Goes Down,* gouache (1960). National Archives Identifier: 558855, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3J-5

Dartey E. Owusu (Ghana)

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A Cottage, watercolor. Select List No. 66.

  1. A Cottage,* watercolor. National Archives Identifier: 558863, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3K-60
  2. A Game in Ghana,* oil. National Archives Identifier: 558862, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3K-45 
  3. Compound Interest,* watercolor and pen and ink. National Archives Identifier: 558860, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3K-16
  4. I Am Tired,* oil. National Archives Identifier: 558861, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3K-38 
  5. Mamudu* (the laborer), watercolor (1964). National Archives Identifier: 558859, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3K-9
  6. Snow,* watercolor (1964). National Archives Identifier: 558864, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3K-81 
  7. The Queen,* watercolor. National Archives Identifier: 558866, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3K-85 
  8. The Truant,* watercolor. National Archives Identifier: 558867, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3K-86
  9. Unity,* watercolor. National Archives Identifier: 558865, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3K-82

Desta, Gebra Kristos (Ethiopia)

  1. Hausfrau, oil (1961). National Archives Identifier: 558868, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3N-2 
  2. Homecoming, oil (1961). National Archives Identifier: 558869, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-3N-3

Enwaku, Washington (Uganda)

  1. Crested Cranes, lithograph. National Archives Identifier: 558870, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-4D-1

Enwonwu, Ben (Nigeria)

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Hoola Hoop, woodcut (1962). Select List No. 120.

  1. Dancing Figure, ebony sculpture. National Archives Identifier: 558873, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-4E-42
  2. Dogari,* oil (1949). National Archives Identifier: 558879, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-4F-27
  3. Father and Son,* fruitwood sculpture. National Archives Identifier: 558871, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-4E-1
  4. Fulani Girl of Rupp,* oil(1949). National Archives Identifier: 558878, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-4F-14
  5. Head of Hausa,* gouache(1958). National Archives Identifier: 558876, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-4F-1
  6. Head of Yoruba Girl,* Indian wood sculpture. National Archives Identifier: 558874, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-4E-44
  7. Man with Banana Leaf,* oakwood sculpture. National Archives Identifier:  558872, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-4E-25
  8. Nkatamuo,* elmwood sculpture. National Archives Identifier:  558875, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-4E-57
  9. Waterside Scene,* gouache (1950). National Archives Identifier: 558877, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-4F-11

Fakeye, Lamidi (Nigeria)

  1. A Priest of Oro,* carved wood panel. National Archives Identifier: 558882, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-5D-18 
  2. Annunciation of the Angel to Mary, carved wood panel. National Archives Identifier: 558880, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-5D-9
  3. God of Thunder,* wood sculpture. National Archives Identifier:  558881, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-5D-14

Grillo, Yusuf Adebayo (Nigeria)

  1. Yoruba Bride,* oil on board. National Archives Identifier: 558883, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-5G-1

Hadi, Hassan El (Sudan)

  1. Endeavor, ink and wash. National Archives Identifier:  558885, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-5L-3
  2. Forms,* gouache. National Archives Identifier: 558884, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-5L-1

Idah (Nigeria)

  1. Hunter with Animal on His Head,* wood sculpture. National Archives Identifier:  558888, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-5R-17 
  2. Medicine Man, carved wood panel. National Archives Identifier: 558887, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-5R-16 
  3. Woman As Warrior, carved wood panel. National Archives Identifier: 558886, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-5R-15

Idehen, Festus Omo (Nigeria)

  1. Musician,* ebony sculpture. National Archives Identifier:  558889, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-5T-11

Kalanzi, Yonansani (Uganda)

  1. The Artist, oil. National Archives Identifier:  558890, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-6C-1
  2. The Beer Seller, oil. National Archives Identifier:  558891, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-6C-3

Keita (Sierra Leone)

  1. Portrait or Mask,* oil on canvas board. National Archives Identifier: 558892, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-6E-1 

Khalil, Mohammed Omer (Sudan)

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Snake Amid Flowers,* oil. Select List No. 136.

  1. Nude,* oil. National Archives Identifier: 558897, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-6H-18
  2. Movimiento Verde,* oil. National Archives Identifier:  558896​, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-6H-17
  3. Reflections from the World's Fair, etching (1965). National Archives Identifier:  558894​, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-6H-6
  4. The Chalk Garden, etching (1965). National Archives Identifier: 558895​, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-6H-8
  5. Waiting on the Pier,* ink and watercolor. National Archives Identifier: 558893​, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-6H-1

Khumalo, Lazarus (Zimbabwe)

  1. Witch Doctor, soapstone sculpture. National Archives Identifier:  558898​, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-6J-1

Kofi, Vincent (Ghana)

  1. Awakening Africa, bronze sculpture. National Archives Identifier: 558901​, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-6Q-4
  2. Crucifix, wood sculpture. National Archives Identifier: 558903​, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-6Q-38
  3. Mother and Child, wood sculpture. National Archives Identifier: 558904​, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-6R-47
  4. Unknown Slave, cast metal sculpture. National Archives Identifier: 558902​, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-6Q-12

Kotei, Amon (Ghana)

  1. Adei with Red Scarf,* oil (1960). National Archives Identifier: 558900, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-6M-5
  2. Moments in Hell,* oil(1960). National Archives Identifier: 558899, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-6M-3

Kyemwa, Anthony (Brother Anthony) (Uganda)

  1. Cormorant and Fish, wood sculpture. National Archives Identifier:  558906, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-6S-3
  2. The Frog, soapstone sculpture. National Archives Identifier: 558905, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-6S-1

Kyeyune, Eli (Uganda)

  1. Death,* oil on paper. National Archives Identifier:  558909, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-6T-21
  2. Rhoda Kayanja,* oil (1963). National Archives Identifier: 558907, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-6T-9
  3. The Conversation,* oil (1963). National Archives Identifier: 558908, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-6T-10
  4. The Owl, oil. National Archives Identifier: 559159, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-6T-12

Langdown, Amos (South Africa)

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Night in the Forest, wood engraving. Select List No. 223.

  1. Death and the Horsemen, lithograph. National Archives Identifier: 558910, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-7A-3
  2. Fighting Cocks; engraving (1962). National Archives Identifier: 558913, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-7A-10
  3. Hoola Hoop, woodcut (1962). National Archives Identifier: 558912, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-7A-7
  4. Man with Beef, lithograph (1963). National Archives Identifier: 558911, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-7A-6

Lumu, Henry Michael (Uganda)

  1. Wandegeya Suburb,* tempera on paper (1960). National Archives Identifier: 558914, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-7E-1

Luvwezo, Jean (Zaire)

  1. Dance Masks,* oil. National Archives Identifier: 558915, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-7F-9
  2. L'Avenir,* oil. National Archives Identifier: 558916, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-7F-10

Malangatana, Valente G. (Mozambique)

  1. Nude with Crucifix, oil (1960). National Archives Identifier:  558918, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-7J-3
  2. Rape, oil (1961). National Archives Identifier: 558919, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-7J-5
  3. The Voyage, oil (1960). National Archives Identifier: 558917, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-7J-2

Manyolo, Betty (Uganda)

  1. African Fable, linocut. National Archives Identifier: 558921, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-7M-3
  2. Cattle People,* oil. National Archives Identifier: 558922, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-7M-4
  3. Death in the Forest, linocut. National Archives Identifier: 558920, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-7M-1

Mitchell, James (South Africa)

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Cattle People, oil. Select List No. 129.

  1. Excitement, linocut (1962). National Archives Identifier: 558924, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-7P-3
  2. Friday Night, linocut (1961). National Archives Identifier: 558923, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-7P-2
  3. "Socker's" Alley, linocut (1962). National Archives Identifier:  558925, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-7P-5

Mlahlwa, Mercy (South Africa)

  1. Sisters, soapstone sculpture. National Archives Identifier: 558926, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-7Q-2

Mulongoya, Pili Pili (Zaire)

  1. Crocodile and Snake Fighting,* oil. National Archives Identifier:  558928, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-7T-3
  2. Snake Amid Flowers,* oil. National Archives Identifier:  558927, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-7T-1

Musango, Francis (Brother Francis) (Uganda)

  1. Christ in the Manger,* oil. National Archives Identifier: 558929, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-7U-14
  2. Kikuyu Women,* watercolor? National Archives Identifier: 558931, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-7U-16
  3. The Flower,* watercolor? National Archives Identifier: 558930, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-7U-15

Mvusi, Selby (South Africa)

  1. Retreat, charcoal. National Archives Identifier:  558933, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-7W-6
  2. The Funeral, charcoal (1961). National Archives Identifier:  558932, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-7W-1
  3. The Patriots, pencil or charcoal drawing. National Archives Identifier: 558934, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-7W-7

Ngu, Clara Ugbodaga (Nigeria)

  1. Beggars,* oil (1963). National Archives Identifier:  558937, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-8C-9
  2. Man and Bird,* oil (1963). National Archives Identifier:  558936, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-8C-8
  3. Market Women,* oil.(1961). National Archives Identifier:  558935, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-8C-6

Njau, Elimo P. (Tanzania)

  1. Head of Christ,* oil. Murals at Fort Hall Memorial Chapel, Kenya. National Archives Identifier: 558939, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-8E-2
  2. The Birth of ChristNational Archives Identifier:  558941, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-8E-7
  3. The Last Supper.  National Archives Identifier:  558940, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-8E-3
  4. The Load and the Hoe, lithograph. National Archives Identifier:  558938, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-8E-1

Nour, Amir lbrahim Mohed (Sudan)

  1. Building in Black and White, lithograph. National Archives Identifier:  558942, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-8G-1
  2. Chaos, lithograph (1961). National Archives Identifier:  558943, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-8G-2
  3. Lines and Shapes,* lithograph (1961). National Archives Identifier:  558944, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-8G-4

Ntiro, Sam J. (Tanzania)

  1. Chagga Beermaking,* oil. National Archives Identifier:  558945, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-8J-21
  2. Conversion of Saint Paul, cartoon for a mural, oil. National Archives Identifier:  558947, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-8J-28
  3. In the Banana Grove,* oil. National Archives Identifier:  558946, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-8J-25 
  4. Kakindo Crucifixion,* oil. National Archives Identifier:  558948, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-8J-29
  5. Making Chagga Hut,* oil. National Archives Identifier:  558949, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-8J-38
  6. Mango Tree,* oil. National Archives Identifier:  558951, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-8J-65
  7. Round Huts,* oil. National Archives Identifier:  558950, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-8J-58

Nwoko, Demas N. (Nigeria)

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Frog. Select List No. 169

  1. Beggar Boy, watercolor. National Archives Identifier:  558953, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-8K-2
  2. Children on Cycles, oil on panel. National Archives Identifier: 558952, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-8K-1

Odita, Emmanuel Okechukwu (Nigeria)

  1. Sheep Grazing, oil. National Archives Identifier:  558956, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9A-23
  2. The Market Stall,* oil. National Archives Identifier:  558954, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9A-3
  3. Yam Festival Dancers,* oil (1963). National Archives Identifier:  558955, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9A-4

Ogundele, Rufus (Nigeria)

  1. Bird, linocut. National Archives Identifier:  558959, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9B-6
  2. Figures, linocut. National Archives Identifier:  558958, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9B-5
  3. Scene from "Oba Moro," linocut. National Archives Identifier:  558957, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9B-4

Okeke, C. Uche (Nigeria)

  1. Christ on the Cross, ink and brush on paper. National Archives Identifier:  558961, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9E-17
  2. Frog, Ibo Legendary Figure, pen and ink (1959). National Archives Identifier:  558960, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9E-7
  3. Odede F. Omarudo, pen and ink (1959). National Archives Identifier:  558962, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9E-26

Okeke, Simon Obiekezie (Nigeria)

  1. Composition with Torsos,* oil on paper (1961). National Archives Identifier:  558966, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9F-26
  2. Crouched Figure,* print (1960). National Archives Identifier:  558964, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9F-19
  3. Head No. 3, sculpture, National Archives Identifier:  558963, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9F-15
  4. Heads with Drum,* oil on paper (1960). National Archives Identifier:  558965, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9F-25

Okiki, Godfrey A. (Nigeria)

  1. African Mother and Child,* woodcut (1963). National Archives Identifier:  558967, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9G-21
  2. Casting the Net,* oil (1964). National Archives Identifier: 558970, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9G-31
  3. Dance to the Talking Drum,* linocut (1963). National Archives Identifier: 558973, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9G-37
  4. Scene: Northern Nigeria,* oil (1964). National Archives Identifier:  558969, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9G-30
  5. The Call,* oil on board (1964). National Archives Identifier:  558972, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9G-33
  6. The Worshippers,* oil (1964). National Archives Identifier:  558971, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9G-32
  7. Women off to Market, woodcut (1963). National Archives Identifier:  558968, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9G-26

Onobrakpeya, Bruce P. 0. (Nigeria)

  1. Ahwaire and the Dog, linocut illustrating an Urhobo folktale that tells how the dog got his black nose. National Archives Identifier:  558978, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9K-14
  2. Ahwaire (the tortoise), linocut illustrating Urhobo legendary figure trapped on the top of the palm tree and being rescued by the fishes. National Archives Identifier:  558977, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9K-11
  3. Eketete and Erbeybuye, linocut illustrating a fight between the two laziest creatures in Benin legend. National Archives Identifier: 558979, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9K-17
  4. Fulani Milk Woman,* linocut. National Archives Identifier: 558974, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9K-1
  5. Okpogho, linocut illustrating Urhobo legendary figure who buried his mother inside his head. National Archives Identifier:  558976, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9K-8
  6. Portrait of Oseni,* linocut. National Archives Identifier:  558975, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9K-4

Osadebe, Oseloka 0. (Nigeria)

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Ima Ogodo. Select List No. 191

  1. He Liveth, linocut (1960). National Archives Identifier: 558980, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9L-2
  2. Ibo Life* (festivals), left half of oil mural at Mbari Centre, Enugu, Nigeria (1963). National Archives Identifier: 558982, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9L-11
  3. Ibo Life,* right half of mural at Mbari Centre (1963). National Archives Identifier:  558983, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9L-12
  4. Ima Ogodo,* linocut. National Archives Identifier:  558981, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9L-3

Osifo, Osagie (Nigeria)

  1. Benin Wrestlers, ebony sculpture. National Archives Identifier: 558984, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9N-16
  2. Girl Carrying a Gourd, traditional whitewood carving. National Archives Identifier:  558986, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9N-35
  3. 15th or 16th century Benin king, carved wood panel. National Archives Identifier: 558985, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-9N-33

Richards, R. Vahnjah (Liberia)

  1. The Conversation, mahogany sculpture (1964). National Archives Identifier:  558988, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-10D-5
  2. Tribal mask of the Vai Tribe sculpture (1961). National Archives Identifier: 558987, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-10D-2

Salahi, lbrahim El (Sudan)

  1. Al Ansari,* oil. National Archives Identifier:  558992, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-10E-9
  2. Ammi El Kinani,* oil (1960). National Archives Identifier:  558816, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1OF-12
  3. Boats at Angoiai, I, * watercolor (1953). National Archives Identifier: 558990, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-10E-4
  4. Boats in the Rain,* watercolor (1954). National Archives Identifier: 558991, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-10E-7
  5. Dry Month of the Fast,* oil. National Archives Identifier: 558995, Local Identifier:H-HN-AA-10F-15 
  6. Head No.1,* oil. National Archives Identifier: 558815, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1OE-13
  7. Head of a Mahdiya Warrior, ink drawing, National Archives Identifier: 558993, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-10E-19 
  8. Ruins of Suakin,* watercolor (1954). National Archives Identifier: 558989, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-10E-2
  9. The Arising,* oil. National Archives Identifier: 558994, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-10F-10
  10. The Donkey in my Dreams,* oil. National Archives Identifier:  558996, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-10F-24
  11. Untitled drawing, pen and ink (1963). National Archives Identifier:  558997, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-10F-55

Sambo, Kingsley (Zimbabwe)

  1. At the Mine, oil. National Archives Identifier:  558998, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-10G-1
  2. City Night Life, oil. National Archives Identifier: 558999, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-10G-5

Sedibane, Solomon Kgwadi (South Africa)

  1. Foster Mother,* wood sculpture. National Archives Identifier:  559002, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-10H-14
  2. Mary and Baby Jesus, wild olivewood sculpture (1960). National Archives Identifier: 558817, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-1OH-1
  3. Shangaan Mother and Child, wild olivewood sculpture (1958). National Archives Identifier: 559000, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-10H-3
  4. The Wrestlers, red ivorywood sculpture (1961). National Archives Identifier: 559001, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-10H-12 

Sekoto, Gerard (South Africa)

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Sunset Road, watercolor. Select List No. 234.

  1. Mother and Child,* oil (1959). National Archives Identifier: 559003, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-10J-7
  2. The Dream of Two Worlds,* oil (1961). National Archives Identifier: 559004, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-10J-9 
  3. The Notre Dame Church, oil (1960). National Archives Identifier: 559006, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-10J-16 
  4. Woman Ironing by Candlelight,* oil. National Archives Identifier: 559005, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-10J-10 

Shibrain, Ahmed Mohammed (Sudan)

  1. Mosque Impressions,* watercolor. National Archives Identifier:  559008, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-10L-3
  2. Motives,* watercolor. National Archives Identifier: 559009, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-10L-8
  3. Shapes,* ink and wash. National Archives Identifier: 559010, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-10L-9
  4. The Flower,* watercolor. National Archives Identifier: 559007, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-10L-2

Suliman, Sayed (Sudan)

  1. Grazing,* watercolor. National Archives Identifier: 559012, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-10P-9
  2. Night in the Forest, wood engraving. National Archives Identifier:  559013, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-10P-13 
  3. Small Goats at Midday, pen and ink. National Archives Identifier: 559011, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-10P-5 

Talabi, George 0. (Nigeria)

  1. A Baltimore Lady,* oil. National Archives Identifier: 559015, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-11B-12
  2. African Madonna,* oil. National Archives Identifier: 559014, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-11B-10
  3. Broken Wares, print (1963). National Archives Identifier: 559017, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-11B-23 
  4. Design for "adire" cloth, print. National Archives Identifier: 559019, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-11B-27
  5. The Image of African Personality, oil. National Archives Identifier: 559016, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-11B-16 
  6. Transport in the Sahara, etching. National Archives Identifier: 559018, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-11B-26 

Tall, Papa Ibra (Senegal)

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Welded Bird, welded steel sculpture. Select List No. 240.

  1. Harlem,* oil (1962). National Archives Identifier: 559020, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-11C-3 
  2. La Foret aux Souvenirs, oil (1962). National Archives Identifier: 559021, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-11C-4

Tayali, Henry Nikole (Zimbabwe) 

  1. Shipwrecked,* watercolor. National Archives Identifier: 559023, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-11D-9
  2. Sunset Road,* watercolor. National Archives Identifier: 559022, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-11D-6
  3. The Omen,* watercolor. National Archives Identifier: 559024, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-11D-14   

Tessema, Mamo (Ethiopia)

  1. Porcelain bowl, teapot, and vase,* ceramic. National Archives Identifier: 559029, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-11F-44
  2. The Capture,* woodcut. National Archives Identifier:  559025, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-11F-18
  3. Vulture, ceramic and steel sculpture. National Archives Identifier:  559028, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-11F-35 
  4. Warrior,* welded steel sculpture. National Archives Identifier:  559027, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-11F-25
  5. Welded Bird,* welded steel sculpture. National Archives Identifier:  559026, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-11F-19

Wangboje, Solomon (Nigeria)

  1. At the Wharf,* oil (1960).  National Archives Identifier:  559032, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-11L-16
  2. Earth, Moon and Sky, 1,* aquatint? (1966).  National Archives Identifier:  559031, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-11L-13
  3. Male Ego, III.* lithograph (1966).  National Archives Identifier:   559033, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-11L-17
  4. The Musicmaker: Mood IV,* color etching.  National Archives Identifier:  559034, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-11L-19
  5. Where Is Ali?* linocut (1961).  National Archives Identifier:  559030, Local Identifier: H-HN-AA-11L-4 

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