African art trove found at Missouri Southern

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Officials at Missouri Southern State University have found a trove of African art.

Christine Bentley said after she was named to head the art department at Missouri Southern, she went to see the university’s African art holdings and found a 320-piece collection tucked away in a small room.

She says staff from the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas in Lawrence viewed the collection recently and stressed that each item must be properly documented and cataloged, and that steps must be taken to ensure the collection’s preservation.

The overall collection includes ceremonial masks and has an estimated value of about $500,000.

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