There's much more in the collection, including a Yoruba throne from Nigeria, complete with beads that conceal the face of the king. Lesser humans, she remarked, "are not supposed to look directly on his face." An outsized door from the Baga people of Guinea, West Africa, represents fertility, traversing a parallel theme with the celebration following a robust rice harvest. The room also has a decorative chair fashioned in the Ivory Coast as a gift to the American ambassador to several African countries. A knock-your-socks-off tapestry, designed by Abdoulay Kasse, a master weaver from Senegal, captures the imagination.