Cultural Artifacts, Igbo People, Nigeria
The ethnographical section of the Museum of Natural Sciences in Bergamo came about in 1989, when Aldo Perolari, an art collector and expert, noted the importance of the material skilfully collected by Susanna Sedgwick and Fabrizio Corsi in the 1970’s during their long sojourn in Sub-Saharan Africa. He then acquired this material and donated it to the city of Bergamo, which, in gratitude, named this room after him. The exhibits donated by Perolari, the number of the findings ― more than 400 ― the geographic extension of the area under consideration, and the types of materials included, such as archaeological findings, materials for ritual and other uses. All shed light on the cultural productions of that part of the world.
The seventy exhibits in the African Museum in Basella are part of a larger private collection of over 300 pieces. Most of the artifacts were brought to Italy during the 1970's by privat collectors from West Central Africa where the sculptural expression had its most significant development. Although much remains to be learned about Africa’s pivotal role in the development of human civilization, many of these artifacts reveal important insights into human as well as artistic evolution.
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