9 UMMA Objects
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Dogon (Dogon (culture or style))
Walu Antelope Mask
1900 – 1971
Museum Purchase assisted by the Friends of the Museum of Art
Wooden mask in a triangular shape with rounded edges. There are two almond-shaped holes for eyes and spiral horns protrude from the top of the mask. There are traces of red pigment below the eyes and white pigment outlines the center of the mask.
Ogoni (Ogoni)
1950 – 1980
Gift of Margaret H. and Albert J. Coudron
Two distinct registers divide a page in half. At the top, a yellow-orange colored nude jina sits in lotus position upon a three tiered throne [a patterned blue level at the bottom on feet, with an orange section with gold and red decoration and a green level at the top with gold vertical stripes]. He sits against a red background adorned with a pattern of three white dots. The background takes the shape of an elegant cusped arch with a green and white pattern along its outside with a gold pattern at its sides. To the right of the seated figure a nude Digambara monk sits with his legs folded and one knee up on a less elaborate throne with a lota or pot at the corner and a crossed bookstand to the side holding a book with some devanagari writing on it. He raises his right arm and holds his left to his ear.<br />
Placed under a band of curving yellow stripes, the bottom register represents animals in a landscape. At the bottom are clumps of grass with four stylized mountain forms in blue at the right. Above the
Artist Unknown, India, Rajasthan, Sirohi School
Jain Tirthankara and a monk with animal forest scene, no. 12 from a Digambara series
18th century
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel

Bamana (Bamana)
Chi Wara Headdress
1900 – 1971
Museum Purchase assisted by the Friends of the Museum of Art

Bamana (Bamana)
Antelope (Chi Wara) Headpiece: Female
1900 – 1971
Museum Purchase assisted by the Friends of the Museum of Art
This exquisite Vili whistle (<em>nsiba</em>) is has two separate components: the body of the whistle is a gazelle horn that has been placed through a small, conical hole in the rounded base of a delicately carved wooden cap. Upon this cap, two nearly identical birds, with their talons clutching the base, stand face-to-face and chest-to-chest, grasping onto a single spherical object representing a peanut between their open beaks. Given this motif, the carving naturally possesses a high degree of symmetry and balance. The cap is further embellished by a smooth and polished finish.
Vili (Kongo) (Vili)
1850 – 1900
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern

Akan (Akan (culture or style))
19th century
Museum Purchase

Bamana (Bamana)
Female Antelope Headdress (Chi-Wara)
1945 – 1955
Gift of Allen Roberts in memory of Sidney H. Roberts

Dogon (Dogon (culture or style))
Antelope Mask
1900 – 1970
Museum Purchase assisted by the Friends of the Museum of Art