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This bold and dramatic wooden Pende <em>mbangu</em> mask features a half-white, half-black face with a contorted visage.  The face has been carved in such a way that the features appearing on the left side, which has been pigmented black, are either positioned lower (the left ear and eye) or droop downwards (left sides of the nose and mouth). Moreover, the black portion of the face features several indentations representing scars. The resulting visual effect is one of facial asymmetry. A thick layer of white and black pigment has been applied to the face’s wooden surface, while black raffia fibers have been tightly woven onto a vegetable fiber cloth on the black half of the mask, completing the look.
Pende (Pende)
Mask
1925 – 1935
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.200
This small figure is that of a dog who has short legs, a thick, curled tail, small ears, and an elongated muzzle. Its mouth is open with pointed teeth bared and tongue slightly hanging. Its eyes include small mirrors and feature the white mineral <em>kaolin</em>. On the dog’s back is a large, mirror-topped medicine pack which has been sealed with resin.  There are two recesses on top of both hind legs which also likely held packets of medicine.  Near the top of the two front legs are hollow projections, which have broken off.
Vili (Kongo) (Vili)
Power Figure
1845 – 1855
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.182
With flaring support, and carved guilloche and other design.<br />
Headrests are small furnishings, typically sculpted from wood. They frequently have a concave platform supported by legs, though the platform can also be flat and/or be supported by a central post that may be connected to a broad base. The platform may be cushioned to provide comfort for the owner&rsquo;s head, and many headrests feature complex ornamentation and sculptural details. Headrests share some of the same motifs and associations with stools, as they are constructed similarly and used for similar purposes.
Somalian (Somalian)
Headrest
Loan from the Estate of Kurt Delbanco;Gift and partial purchase from the estate of Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco
2017/1.638
With base struts and inscription.
Bari
Headrest
Loan from the Estate of Kurt Delbanco;Gift and partial purchase from the estate of Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco
2017/1.639
With conical base, and hide covered pillow.<br />
Headrests are small furnishings, typically sculpted from wood. They frequently have a concave platform supported by legs, though the platform can also be flat and/or be supported by a central post that may be connected to a broad base. The platform may be cushioned to provide comfort for the owner&rsquo;s head, and many headrests feature complex ornamentation and sculptural details. Headrests share some of the same motifs and associations with stools, as they are constructed similarly and used for similar purposes.
Gurage
Headrest
Loan from the Estate of Kurt Delbanco;Gift and partial purchase from the estate of Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco
2017/1.622
An apron made from red, blue, white, and yellow beads in a zig-zag pattern. There are two strings attached at the top of the apron, to tie around the waist. The bottom of the apron is decorated with a fringe of cowrie shells. 
Beaded Apron
1890 – 1920
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
2000/2.20
At the top of the staff, a male figure and female figure peer from a cascade of cowries, brass beads, iron fragments, and seeds. Some cowries are stained with indigo dye. The lower bodies of the figures are concealed by the shell strands above. Their elongated hairstyles extend the overall verticality of the piece. The figures' faces appear to be identical.
Yoruba (Yoruba (culture or style))
Esu-Elegbara Dance Staff
1900 – 1975
Gift of Dr. Daniel and Sandra Mato
2003/2.26
This vessel is formed from a hollowed calabash or gourd, the top of which has been carved to form a lid, decoratively patterned with brass tacks and studded by a handle at the center. Snake skin covers the rounded base of the calabash conferring a coarse texture. Several holes have been drilled around the top perimeter of the base from which metal rings holding iron clappers or bells dangle. An array of man-made, animal, and vegetal objects are held inside the vessel, namely, small, wooden anthropomorphic figurines carved with a minimum of physiognomic detail, bird claws, feathers, wings, split cane, and dried seeds. 
Songye (Songye)
Calabash with Ritual Pieces
1905 – 1915
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.231
Stylized wood carving of hyena head;  two pieces of wood joined to form articulating jaw. edged with prominent teeth. short upright ears, long triangular nose or snout; eyes, teeth, nose and crown of head overlaid with sheet metal. Wood is unpainted.
Bamana (Bamana)
Hyena Puppet Head (Nama, Sogu kun)
1945 – 1955
Museum Purchase assisted by the Friends of the Museum of Art
1971/2.23
Cylindrical, wood carved cup with geometric motifs and linear, interlocking lines that cover the entire surface of the object.
Kuba (Kuba (Democratic Republic of Congo style))
Palm Wine Cup
1935 – 1945
Museum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art
1983/1.372
Carved wooden human figure with a columnar body and limbs. The body is decorated with strands of beads, primarily red, white, and purple. The neck and ankles have multiple strands of yellow beads while one wrist has a metal bracelet. The top of the figure is decorated with human hair. 
Fertility Figure
20th century
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
1997/1.353
Zimbabwe, with geometric forms.<br />
Headrests are small furnishings, typically sculpted from wood. They frequently have a concave platform supported by legs, though the platform can also be flat and/or be supported by a central post that may be connected to a broad base. The platform may be cushioned to provide comfort for the owner&rsquo;s head, and many headrests feature complex ornamentation and sculptural details. Headrests share some of the same motifs and associations with stools, as they are constructed similarly and used for similar purposes.
Shona (Shona)
Headrest
Loan from the Estate of Kurt Delbanco;Gift and partial purchase from the estate of Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco
2017/1.627
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