ONE of the world's great repositories of primitive art is Harvard's Peabody Museum—where few people except students of anthropology ever set foot. Just across the Charles River, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts plays host to hundreds of visitors each day, but it has had no primitive art to show them. Last week the two museums joined forces under an agreement whereby Boston's Fine Arts will exhibit Harvard's primitive treasures, celebrated their new partnership with a massive exhibition of masterpieces of primitive art, with the Peabody's best supplemented by loans from private collectors and many other museums.

Melanesian tom-toms, Benin bronzes, a...

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