From the Museum’s collections


This book presents samples from the permanent collections and invites you to take an aesthetic stroll through the art of Africa, Oceania, Asia and the Americas. The exhibits (about 80 masterpieces) have mostly been sourced from the musée de l’Homme and the musée national des arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie. Many more recent acquisitions, along with gifts, have also been included in this selection of key artworks, which express a wealth of diverse plastic forms. Every typology is represented: sculptures, masks, textiles, musical instruments as well as ritual and common artefacts.

Each page is enhanced with clear and concise observations, that invite the reader to discover a cornucopia of emblematic artworks: the Hei-tiki pendent (Maori), the mask in the shape of a hare (Dogon), the pair of twin ibeji (Yoruba), the Shaman’s costume (Évenk) and the robe for the ‘bison dance’ (Mississippi River Valley).

Written by the Quai Branly Museum team with an introduction by Stéphane Martin and Germain Viatte.


116 pages • 22 x 31 cm • 11 €
Editions musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
ISBN : 978-2-915133-87-5