Herbert Ward Collection Catalogued

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The long expected Herbert Ward collection of African ethnologica was received from Paris and is catalogued by the Division of Ethnology. It contains 9 major pieces of sculpture and 10 minor works by Ward and about 2,600 specimens of the arms and implements of the Africans of the Congo. "The collection is the most important yet received from this region." The sculptures are in bronze and are of high excellence. They were executed by Ward for the purpose of illustrating the primitive life of the Central Africans and together with the ethnological specimens form an unique exhibit.


  • Ward, Herbert 1863-1919
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 298, Box 1, "Local Notes," 10/6/1921, p. 2.

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  • Art
  • Sculpture
  • Anthropology
  • Ethnology
  • National Collections
  • Art objects

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