Museums Research

The National Museum of African Art’s collection online

African art Smithsonian database

Washington, D.C.’s National Museum of African Art, which holds approximately 12,000 objects, is the largest publicly held collection of African art in the United States. It is one of nineteen museums under the wing of the Smithsonian Institution. All objects in their collection are available online in a user-friendly database here (search bar on the right). Unfortunately the picture resolution often is rather low, but happily the provenance of objects is listed. To browse the museum’s 130 ‘classical treasures’ click here. Tip: a search on Deletaille will show you this Brussels dealer important private collection which he sold to the Smithsonian in 1985. If you want to learn more about the man, in the catalogue of the last Bruneaf (XXIV) Pierre Loos wrote 5 interesting pages about him.