Works from the ancient Kingdom of Benin, reliquary guardian figures (eyema byeri) from Equatorial Guinea or Christian art from Ethiopia are but some examples of the enormous cultural wealth of Sub-Saharan Africa. The Museum of World Cultures has a representative collection of West and Central African art from the 19th and 20th centuries, mainly ceremonial statuary and masks, giving us an insight into the art forms of the Fang, Dogon, Yoruba, Senufo, Baoulé, Bembe, Songye, Bambara and Pende peoples, among others. The collection represents the cultures of Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ethiopia.
Figures from the centre of Veracruz, mealing stones from Costa Rica, Mayan ceremonial axes, Nazca ceramics or Chimu fabrics are some of the South and Central American pieces in the pre-Columbian collection of the Museum of World Cultures, giving us an insight into several representative cultures of Mesoamerica, Lower Central America and the Andean Area. The collection represents the cultures of Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru
The Museum of World Cultures collection allows you to journey through the outstanding artistic traditions of Asia, from Buddhist images from Gandhāra or Hindu sculpture from India, to art from Tibet and Japan, with pieces that are representative of a broad geographical and chronological context, from the first millennium BC to today. The collection represents the cultures of India, Afghanistan, Nepal, Tibet, Burma, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, China and Korea.
The expeditions promoted by the Ethnological Museum of Barcelona and the Folch Foundation to New Guinea and Australia were, to a considerable extent, the starting point for the extensive Oceanic collection. Through this set of pieces, you will be able to discover many representative artistic and cultural aspects of Oceanic art from the 19th and 20th centuries, from the men’s house of the peoples of the Sepik River or ancient sculptures from the caves of the Karawari River, to bark painting from Australia or Moai carved from wood by the Rapa Nui people.