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A black and white photograph of a conical structure with verticle ridges and six layers that diminish in size toward the top.
Karl Blossfeldt (German (culture or style))
Equisetum hyemale
1928
Gift of Eeta Gershow
2017/1.549
A crowd gathers around an altar in a Temple. The christ child is held by a bearded man, Simeon, on the right, while across the surface a woman kneels, holding a cage up to the altar. Behind the kneeling woman are Joseph (bald, in a large sleeved garment), Mary, and Anna (who is pointing to Mary). 
Marcantonio Raimondi (Italian (culture or style))
Presentation of Christ in the Temple
1506 – 1508
Gift of Nicholas and Elena Delbanco
2017/1.571
Carved female figure with a child on her back. She carries a basket and balances another container on her head. The base of the piece has a double-layered chevron pattern. 
Lamidi Fakeye (Nigerian)
Shango's Wife
1950 – 1967
Gift of Lynn and Warren Tacha
2019/2.79
Painted surface divided vertically with the left side painted red and the right side painted black. Halfway down the red side, a checked piece of heavy paper or cardboard is stapled to the surface and a tan window shade is affixed to the upper right quadrant of the piece on the black surface. The entire piece is bordered by a light-colored painted frame. 
Tyree Guyton (American (North American))
Stature
1988
Gift of Patrick and Marla Smith
2021/1.87
This richly detailed, carved wooden cup has been sculpted into the form of a human head. The head’s bell-shaped coiffure and facial details are typical of Kuba masks and figurines. The face features almond-shaped eyes, a protruding mouth and nose, disproportionately small ears, and eyebrows and temples that have been engilded with tiny copper staples. The neck and the coiffure bear elaborate diamond-shaped and diagonal-lined patterns which have been further embellished by cowrie shells, embedded in resin.
Kuba (Kuba (Democratic Republic of Congo style))
Cup
1885 – 1895
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.207
This small Pende ivory pendant (<em>ikhoko</em>) depicts a delicately carved male head. Stylistically, <em>ikhoko</em> bear many of the facial characteristics of anthropomorphic Pende <em>mbuya</em> masks, after which they have been modeled. In this particular example, an ovoid head rests atop a conical neck and features a spiked, crown-like coiffure, a large, bulbous forehead, a V-shaped brow, laterally protruding ears, heavily lidded and downcast eyes, an up-turned nose, a wide mouth, and a slightly pointed chin. Circular motifs decorate the top of the forehead and the neck. The pendant also possesses a pale yellow patina, possibly from contact with tukula powder.
Pende (Pende)
Amulet Pendant
1925 – 1935
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.197
A collection of 19 blue and white plates which, when laid out side-by-side, creates the image of Bruce Lee, a man with dark hair wearing a suit and tie. The border of the piece is comprised of scrolling flowers and vines along with a dragon.
Steven Young Lee
Icon
2019
Museum purchase made possible by the William C. Weese, M.D. Endowment for Ceramic Arts
2021/1.127A
This figure sits serenely in a cross-legged position with one hand raised to the chin and the other resting upon on a knee. The figure's prominent rounded cheekbones, eyes embedded with pieces of mirror, large ears, and broad shoulders are typical traits seen in Vili carved figures. The figure is decorated with tukula powder and kaolin and has a worn, reddish-brown patina. The cavity at the back of the head and another in the abdomen indicate that this figure once bore potent medicinal substances and operated as an <em>nkisi</em>, an object of power.
Vili (Kongo) (Vili)
Power Figure
1795 – 1805
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.180

Nzakara (Nzakara)
Knife
1915 – 1925
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.234
This woodcarved figure depicts a female with a large bowl-shaped vessel upon the crown of her head, intended to be a container for symbolic, medicinal and spirit “activating” ingredients. Representative of the Kasongo style (regarded as the “classical” or “pure” Kusu stylistic form), this <em>kakudji</em> features an inverted, triangular-shaped head, a wide, convex forehead, high ears, cowrie shell eyes, a triangular nose, an oval mouth with protruding lips, a pointed chin, and conical breasts. The figure possesses a prominent belly indicating pregnancy, and representing the themes of maternity, fertility, and the continuation of the lineage. A large piece of textured cloth tied in place with rope encircles the female’s lower arms and lower body.
Kusu (Kusu (Luba region style))
Power Figure
1925 – 1935
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.222
This zoomorphic Luba <em>nkisi mihake</em>, or “malevolent” power object, depicts a dog of a fierce and formidable character. Sculpted out of wood, the dog has been carefully covered in animal fur, creating a graphic mimetic effect. The dog’s tail stands nearly upright, signaling a commanding and attentive posture. Most striking, however, are the antelope horns, stuffed with medicinal substances, as well as the metal blades that have been affixed throughout the dog’s trunk and underbelly.
Luba (Luba (culture or style))
Power Figure
1925 – 1935
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.214

African (African (general, continental cultures))
Divination Tray
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.259
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