Museum of Mankind – Advertising Poster

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One of a series of seven advertising posters displaying the range of the Museum’s collections produced for a campaign in the late 1970s. This poster advertised the Museum of Mankind, Burlington Gardens, then occupied by the Department of Ethnography (which returned to the main site in Bloomsbury in 2003). It features African sculpture, with the dominant feature (bottom right) a sixteenth-century ivory mask from Benin. This type of mask was worn by the Oba, on the hip, during important ceremonies. The top of the mask is decorated with heads representing the Portuguese, symbolising Benin’s alliance with, and control over, Europeans.

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Museum of Mankind – Advertising Poster




oil on canvas


H 114 x W 76 cm

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