Africa

North African artefacts purchased in 1898 constitute the basis of Museum Folkwang’s collection. Barely a year later, Karl Ernst Osthaus visited Egypt, where he acquired his first objects of ancient Egyptian high culture. This part of the collection was continuously expanded in the following years. The objects were acquired from renowned gallery owners and collectors and, in 1914, significantly supplemented with purchases made by Gertrud Osthaus during her trip to Egypt. Acquired in 1961, Head of Nefertiti was an important purchase with only a few objects of Egyptian art added in the following years. Art and artefacts from sub-Saharan Africa – which had a great influence on the art of Matisse and Picasso from 1906 onwards – were added to the museum’s collection in 1912, initially through trade with Parisian art dealers. In 1914, Osthaus acquired a collection of high-quality objects from the fourth expedition (1910–12) of the Frobenius Institute to the then British crown colony of Nigeria and the German colony of Cameroon. Further acquisitions to this part of the collection were made in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Egypt
Sculptor’s Model or Votive Offering, ca. 2nd–1st century BC, inscription presumably later
limestone
Acquired before 1905 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Egypt
Mummy Mask of a Woman, 150–175 AD
Stucco, polychrome painted, glass paste and glass
Acquired 1906 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Africa
Fragment of a helmet mask of the Suku, Zaire, undated
Tropical wood
Acquired presumably 1912/13 for the Museum Folkwang Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Africa
Mask ›mbuya‹ of the West Pende, undated
Tropical wood, polychrome painted
Acquired 1913 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Africa
Mask of the Baule, 19th century
Tropical wood
Acquired 1913 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Central Africa, DR Congo
Cup, undated
Tropical wood, carving
Acquired 1913 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Central Africa, DR Congo
Cup, undated
Tropical wood, carving
Acquired 1913 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Central Africa, DR Congo
Cup, undated
Tropical wood, carving
Acquired 1913 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Central Africa, DR Congo
Squatting Figure of the Luba (?), undated
Tropical wood, carving
Acquired 1913 for the Museum Folkwang Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Nigeria
Mask relief of the Yoruba, head of a ram, 19th century (?)
Tropical wood, carving
Acquired 1914 for the Museum Folkwang Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Africa
Wooden Box with Lid, undated
Softwood, bark
Acquired ca. 1915 for the Museum Folkwang Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Egypt
Servant Figurine from a Bakery Model, End of the  Old Kingdom (6th Dynasty) – Middle Kingdom
Wood coated with stucco, painted
Acquired before 1919, presumably before 1915 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Egypt
Isis with Horus, 2nd century BC – 1st century AD
Bronze
Acquired before 1919 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Africa
Vessel with lid on a chain, undated
Three-dimensional, figurative ornament, bronze
Acquired before 1922, presumably before 1920 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Egypt
Cup, 8th century
Green clear glass, applied glass discs
Acquired before 1921 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Egypt
Cup, 4th–5th century or later
Acquired before 1921 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Egypt
Bastet, 22nd Dynasty, Late Period, 945–332 BC
Bronze
Acquired before 1922 for the Museum Folkwang

Egypt
Lamp, undated
Fired clay, inside and outside greenish glaze
Acquired before 1922 for the Museum Folkwang

Egypt
Lamp, undated
Clay, brown-purple fired earthenware, light ocher and green glazed
Acquired before 1922 for the Museum Folkwang

Egypt/Middle East or Cyprus
Unguentarium, 2nd–1st century BC
opaque black glass with white, marvered trails, core-formed
Acquired before 1922 for the Museum Folkwang

Egypt/Middle East
Amphoriskos, 6th–5th century BC
Blue,opaque glass with yellow and turquoise marvered trails, core-formed
Acquired before 1922 for the Museum Folkwang

Egypt/Middle East
Miniature Oenochoe, 6th–5th century BC
Blue, opaque glass with yellow and turquoise marvered trails, core-formed
Acquired before 1905 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen

Egypt/Middle East
Alabastron, 6th–5th century BC
Blue, opaque glass with yellow and turquoise marvered trails, core-formed
Acquired before 1922 for the Museum Folkwang

Egypt
Horus Stela (Horus cippus), 30th Dynasty - Early Ptolemaic
Relief, stone cutting
Acquired before 1922 for the Museum Folkwang

Tunesia, Carthage
Jug, undated
Clay, light fired earthenware
Acquired before 1922 for the Museum Folkwang

Africa
Horn of the Ngala, undated
Ivory, ornamentation
Acquired 1955 for the Museum Folkwang

Africa
Powderbowl (tutu ki pfula) of the Yombe/Sundi, undated
Tropical wood, carved grooves
Acquired 1956 for the Museum Folkwang

Egypt
Large Clay Vessel with four eyelets, Naqada II d
Marly clay, painted
Acquired 1961 for the Museum Folkwang

Egypt
Ointment Vessel, presumably forgery, undated
Calcite-Alabaster
Acquired 1970 for the Museum Folkwang

Photos: Museum Folkwang und Hans Hansen, 2009-2018