The Head in Focus

Benin Art and Visual History

The discovery of these treasures resembles that of a valuable manuscript. They are a new “Codex Africanus,” not written on fragile papyrus, but in ivory and imperishable brass.


Twill, Tape or Hang

A summer intern creates an article of clothing inspired by the meticulous logistics of collections care.

Object Lessons

Object Lessons is an ongoing video series on the RISD Museum website that focuses on works in the collection and offers new perspectives.

Looking an Empress in the Eye

From her high pedestal in the gallery, she looks down at us. We gaze up, noting her broad forehead, large eyes set below thin eyebrows, bow-shaped lips, square jaw, dimpled chin.