About the Standard Bank African Art collection

The Standard Bank African Art Collection is of historical significance for the insight it offers into development in Africa's culture. Jointly owned by Standard Bank and the University of the Witwatersrand, it includes pieces from all over Africa, but an emphasis on southern African art objects has helped to stem the flow of valuable artworks out of the country.

The collection includes wood figurines, drums, masks, clothing and ritual objects as well as specialist areas such as beadwork, textiles and valuable ceramic pieces.

Exhibitions from this cultural treasure chest have been held in galleries and museums in South Africa and internationally.

This notable African art collection includes a range of African headrests that date back to the Old Kingdom of Egypt.

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