New African bronze sculpture on display at the MIA

Rare African sculpture
A rare bronze sculpture from the Kingdom of Benin, a pre-colonial civilization once located in what is now southern Nigeria, has been purchased by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for more than $1 million.
Photo courtesy of the MIA

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is now featuring a newly acquired bronze sculpture as the focal point for its African art collection.

The MIA acquired the memorial head from a dealer in Paris for more than $1 million, but African artifact experts say the piece is a masterpiece.

MPR's Steven John spoke to the acting curator of African, Oceanic, and Native American Art at the MIA, Joe Horse Capture, about the sculpture.

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