Benin Bronze Queen Mother

Item Name: 
Benin Bronze Queen Mother
Inventory Number: 
2017.1010.8.2012.64
Category: 
Sculpture, Metal
Ethnicity: 
African, Benin
Acquisition Year: 
2012
Condition: 
Good
Size: 
19.25 " high
This bronze, hollow cast sculpture shows a Benin Queen, taken as symbolic of Mother Africa. It is identical to the bas-relief image carved on the inside of the door to the African Heritage Room in the University of Pittsburgh. Donated in honor of Professor Laurence Glasco, University faculty member and conceptual designer of the African Heritage Room. Some small holes are in the bronze from casting, otherwise good, with some green copper patina.

Tamburica

Item Name: 
Tamburica
Inventory Number: 
2017.1019.7.2017.12
Category: 
Musical Instruments
Ethnicity: 
Former Yugoslavia
Acquisition Year: 
2017
Condition: 
Good
Size: 
23" long
The tamburica is a Serbian small lute, with two sets of double strings and two single strings, of the "bisernica" type. The tuning head has a brass plate that is engraved "Perman" referring to the general type of smallest tamburicas. Several woods make up the instrument: maple, perhaps black walnut and perhaps mahogany. It was played by Andrew Toncic of Midland, Beaver County PA in a band known as "The Midlanders." 20 century.

Ejagham Ekoi Helmet Mask

Item Name: 
Ejagham Ekoi Helmet Mask
Inventory Number: 
2017.1009.2.2013.63
Category: 
Sculpture, Wooden
Ethnicity: 
Nigerian
Acquisition Year: 
2013
Condition: 
Age appropriate
Size: 
24" high
Worn over the head of a dancer, this would have belonged to a man in a warrior society, tasked with protecting the village from invaders. The mask is covered with thin hide, stained to resemble the darkened wood upon which it is adhered. Glass and metal rectangles are inserted on the sides of the protuberances on the mask-top.

Senufo Hornbill Bird Altar Figure

Item Name: 
Senufo Hornbill Bird Altar Figure
Inventory Number: 
2017.1009.2.2017.62
Category: 
Sculpture, Wooden
Ethnicity: 
African, Ivory Coast
Acquisition Year: 
2017
Condition: 
good
Size: 
17" high
A standing bird figure with outstretched wings, polychromed in white and earth red.

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Hanging Turkish Lamp

Item Name: 
Hanging Turkish Lamp
Inventory Number: 
2016.1010.2.0
Category: 
Sculpture, Metal
Ethnicity: 
Turkish
Condition: 
Good
Size: 
18" x 7"
Hanging decorative metal lamp indicated as from Turkey. Decorative pierced metal floral designs. Chains connect three parts of lamp together, tape in place so that they do not become tangled.

Miniature Camel Saddles

Item Name: 
Miniature Camel Saddles
Inventory Number: 
2016.1009.2.0.61
Category: 
Sculpture, Wooden
Ethnicity: 
Turkish
Condition: 
Good
Size: 
7.5" x 5"
Two miniature camel harnesses of wood. One has small metallic camel ornament. Rubber bands and moving pieces designed to fit the hump of a camel.

Turkish Brass Donkey

Item Name: 
Turkish Brass Donkey
Inventory Number: 
2016.1010.2.0
Category: 
Sculpture, Metal
Ethnicity: 
Turkish
Condition: 
Good
Size: 
3" x 2"
Brass sculpture of donkey with pack and bead hanging from neck. Bottom of base says "Turkey 1964."

Italian Decorative Bedspread

Item Name: 
Italian Decorative Bedspread
Inventory Number: 
2016.1007.2.0
Category: 
Art, Fabric woven
Ethnicity: 
Italian
Acquisition Year: 
2016
Condition: 
Excellent
Size: 
101" x 90"

Italian Silk Bedspread

Item Name: 
Italian Silk Bedspread
Inventory Number: 
2016.1007.2.0
Category: 
Art, Fabric woven
Ethnicity: 
Italian
Acquisition Year: 
2016
Condition: 
Excellent
Size: 
83" x 96"
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