Akan Ancestor Figure

Item Name: 
Akan Ancestor Figure
Inventory Number: 
2017.1009.2.2016.78
Category: 
Sculpture, Wooden
Maker: 
Akan
Ethnicity: 
Ghanaian
Acquisition Year: 
2016
Condition: 
Repaired
Size: 
15.5" high without plexi base
A seated figure, with a red, white and blue beaded belt, sits on a stool. The headdress shows very delicate incisions in a zigzag pattern, with a central sunburst motif. The head appears to have been broken off and reattached very well.

Fanti Fertility Doll

Item Name: 
Fanti Fertility Doll
Inventory Number: 
2017.1009.2.2016.77
Category: 
Sculpture, Wooden
Maker: 
Fanti
Ethnicity: 
Ghanaian
Acquisition Year: 
2016
Condition: 
Repaired
Size: 
14.75" high with base
This unusual figure is an armless female with very unusual upright braids to her hair. Also shown are three neckrolls, seadbead necklace and belt and small breasts. The sculpture is mounted with glue and a nail to a painted plywood base.

Ashanti Fertility Doll

Item Name: 
Ashanti Fertility Doll
Inventory Number: 
2017.1009.2.2016.76
Category: 
Sculpture, Wooden
Maker: 
Ashanti
Ethnicity: 
Ghanaian
Acquisition Year: 
2016
Condition: 
Good
Size: 
12 5/8" high
This fertility doll features a large, moon shaped head with three incised lines on its reverse. The rectangular forms created by the lines are chamfered at their front edges, forming a central diamond shape on the back of the head. A light patina or wash of tan colored clay colors the otherwise blackened wood.

Yoruba Ibeji Figures

Item Name: 
Yoruba Ibeji Figures
Inventory Number: 
2017.1009.2.2016.75
Category: 
Sculpture, Wooden
Maker: 
Yoruba
Ethnicity: 
Nigerian
Acquisition Year: 
2016
Condition: 
Good, some expected wood cracks, small losses on extremities and leather wear
Size: 
12" h
These male and female figures feature high hairstyles that are simply incised, Very old and worn leather strips surrounds their necks and at their wrists. The female has a leather corset. Several deep checks appear in each, and likewise in their bases.

Bwa Zoomorphic Reptile Mask

Item Name: 
Bwa Zoomorphic Reptile Mask
Inventory Number: 
2017.1009.2.2016.74
Category: 
Sculpture, Wooden
Maker: 
Bwa
Ethnicity: 
Burkina Faso
Acquisition Year: 
2016
Condition: 
Age appropriate wear to wooden edges, otherwise good
Size: 
32.25" long
This mask portrays a chameleon-like creature with rows of triangular notches along its sides, representing scales. The mask corresponds to the head of the animal and has holes at its sides to receive material such as raffia for further decoration. The mask terminates in a coiled tail.

Dan Ceremonial Rice Spoon

Item Name: 
Dan Ceremonial Rice Spoon
Inventory Number: 
2017.1009.2.2016.73
Category: 
Sculpture, Wooden
Maker: 
Dan
Ethnicity: 
Ivory Coast
Acquisition Year: 
2016
Condition: 
Good
Size: 
21.5" high
A large spoon, with a very worn patina and shininess at the handle from use, this features a round handle-end with a face protruding. These are known as wake mia, or feast spoon. The women who would own and use these would be known as wa ke de, and the deep bowl to the spoon would hold much rice, to be thrown about during ceremonies, and in doing so celebrate the fecundity of the food and the women.

Guro Elephant Heddle Pulley

Item Name: 
Guro Elephant Heddle Pulley
Inventory Number: 
2017.1009.2.2016.72
Category: 
Sculpture, Wooden
Maker: 
Guro
Ethnicity: 
Ivory Coast
Acquisition Year: 
2016
Condition: 
Good
Size: 
11.25" high
This is a heddle pulley with a double elephant head top, used to pass thread upon its spindle through a loom. Rows if notched triangles define the animal's chest; opposed columns of notch-carved triangles decorate the legs. The actual pulley spindle is extant and functional.

Mende Woman's Society Mask

Item Name: 
Mende Woman's Society Mask
Inventory Number: 
2017.1009.2.2016.71
Category: 
Sculpture, Wooden
Maker: 
Mende
Ethnicity: 
Sierra Leone
Acquisition Year: 
2016
Condition: 
Good
Size: 
15" high x 7.5" wide x 9.5" deep
This very dark mask shows a Mende female in a "Janus-faced" presentation--a face on one side and an opposite face. Topped by a double bird, the deeply carved hair is complemented by soft rolls of her neck.

Ceremonial Oar

Item Name: 
Ceremonial Oar
Inventory Number: 
2017.1010.2.2016.70
Category: 
Sculpture, Wooden
Maker: 
Sepik River
Ethnicity: 
New Guinean
Acquisition Year: 
2016
Condition: 
Good
Size: 
48" high
An oar from the Sepik River in New Guinea.

Fanti Fertility Doll

Item Name: 
Fanti Fertility Doll
Inventory Number: 
2017.1009.2.2016.69
Category: 
Sculpture, Wooden
Maker: 
Fanti
Ethnicity: 
Ghanaian
Acquisition Year: 
2016
Condition: 
Good
Size: 
13" high
A female, limbless form, with tiny glass beads strung around the base and the neck. The back of the head has an elaborate criss-cross incised design in two registers, upper and lower, in-filled with white clay. The other incised decorations also have the in-filled white clay.
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