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December 17, 1993 – April 24, 1994
Museum: African Art Museum
Location: Point of View Gallery, Sublevel 1
Two metal altars, called "asen," typify the blending of European and inland African peoples in the city of Ouidah, once a slave port in what is now the Republic of Benin. These objects, used to honor the deceased, are a visual introduction to the beliefs and symbols that spread from Africa to the New World and back again.