West Africa

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7:55
Sika dwa kofi (Golden Stool), Asante people
2:42
Seated Figure (Djenné peoples)
5:11
Ife uncovered
5:36
Bundu / Sowei Helmet Mask (Mende peoples)

By Dr. Christa Clarke, for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Republic of Mali is part of West Africa and has a varied geography. In the south and west are verdant river valleys while the north and east jut into the Sahara Desert. It is a French speaking nation though dozens of languages are spoken there. Islam was introduced in the 11th century and is the dominant religion.