Africa is a vast continent -- almost four times the size of the United States! Its geography ranges from mountains, deserts, and rainforests to grasslands and seashores. Over 1000 languages are spoken in Africa, and hundreds of different ethnic groups live there. Our museums contain objects made in Africa 4000 years ago and objects made very recently, most were created in the 19th and 20th centuries.

So, how will we navigate through thousands of years and across thousands of miles in Africa? We won't cover everything -- we'll let the artworks in our collections be our guide.

This African section of Odyssey Online will focus on the art sub-Saharan Africa from the 19th and 20th centuries. To explore ancient Egypt, check out the Egyptian section of Odyssey.

In this journey to sub-Saharan Africa, we'll examine objects that reflect African lifestyles. They give us a glimpse of life-cycle celebrations, religious beliefs and practices, everyday life, death and burial practices, and ways of communicating.

Explore this map to see the countries we'll visit!

When you're ready to continue, choose one of the themes below!

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