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African Art
Baule figures

The Africa Collection in the ?berseemuseum today contains approximately of 17.000 ethnological items. The start of the collection is closely associated with the activities of Bremen's overseas traders in Africa. A pair of women?s shoes, bought in Northern Africa in 1865 by Gerhard Rohlfs, a merchant salesman from Bremen, started off the collection. Import products of Africa, decorating the commercial hall during the "Trading- and Commercial Exhibition" carried out in Bremen in 1890, belong to the earlier items of the collection. But even in 1955 an extensive collection was donated to the ?bersee-Museum by Bremen?s coffee merchant Ludwig Roselius. Like many other Africa collections in Germany, the main topics of the collection in Bremen refer to the former German colonies in Africa.





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