African art inscriptions and labels project

After numerous inquiries on the origin of anonymous labels and inscriptions featured on African art objects, I have decided to publicly make available a project of mine which wishes to document all these old registration numbers and labels.

In the past, many museums, private collectors and dealers inscribed registration numbers or other information on artworks in their collections. It is the goal of this project to offer a list of such numbers and labels whose authors have been identified. This page will also feature inscriptions that still need to be attributed.

The present list is a work in progress. Please get in touch when you would like to share information and pictures of inscriptions or labels not yet listed.

African Art labels and inscriptions