The Collection at the BMA

The Collection

Cole created this monumental print by embedding the perforated surface of an ironing board and twelve iron faceplates into a plywood sheet, flush to its surface. He then applied black ink to the whole and transferred the resulting image onto a sheet of white kozo-shi paper. The silhouetted image of the ironing board's surface resembles a historic slave-ship diagram, and the faceplate designs recall the facial scarification patterns worn by some tribal Africans.


Coiled serpent with human face, feathered body, earspools.

The Feathered Serpent Diety, Quetzalcoatl

  • Aztec culture, Tenochtitlan, Mexico, Pre-Columbian
  • stone
A squat image of Ganesha carved in the round


Boxers, Abdourahmane Sakaly, gelatin silver print


Large classic Gandharan seated image of the Buddha.