Through African Eyes: The European in African Art,
1500–Present



Westerners: African artistic interpretation of the West continues today. This section features art forms that reflect the ongoing complex interaction with the world.

This depiction of Elvis features his distinctive wide sideburns. It also has a curved red and black mark on his forehead, a traditional ancestral symbol in the Chewa culture from which this mask comes.



Nyau Chewa culture, Malawi. Mask of Elvis Presley, 1960s. Wood, paint, fiber, cotton fabric. Collection of Dr. Gary Van Wyk and Lisa Brittan/Axis Gallery N.Y.
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