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Female figure with crossed legs, breastfeeding a child. The large mother figure is decorated with scarifications on her breasts, shoulders and back. She bears filed teeth, is wearing an elaborate headdress and her face has been decorated with three brass tacks. Mirror fragments were used to evoke eyes. On the back of the sculpture a mirror covers a raised addition containing unknown elements. The figures are seated on a rectangular base with geometric decorations. 
Yombe (Yombe (culture or style))
Mother and child figure
1885 – 1895
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.187
Crouching or seated female figure with an elongated face that tilts backwards. The figure is holding her breasts and has a distended stomach and deep navel. 
Sierra Leonean (Sierra Leonean)
Female Figure
1400 – 1699
Gift of Leah and John Atwater
2016/1.241
This male standing figure is holding a weapon and has detailed scarifications on his chest and abdomen. The eyes are inserted porcelain chips and the figure shows a beard and an asymmetrical hairstyle. 
Beembe (Kongo)
Ancestor figure
1865 – 1875
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.190
Seated male figure with an elongated face that tilts backwards. A columnar projection, possibly a beard, extends from the bottom of the chin to the figure's knees. Both of the figure's hands grip the beard-like projection. 
Sierra Leonean (Sierra Leonean)
Male Figure
1400 – 1699
Gift of Leah and John Atwater
2016/1.240
This work is a terracotta head with a flattened, circular shape. The features on the face are small and the forehead is high and rounded. The hairstyle frames the face in a semi-circular shape with grooved edges. 
Akan (Akan (culture or style))
Commemorative Head
20th century
Gift of Dr. Daniel and Sandra Mato
2003/2.51
This terracotta sculpture of a head is round with a small chin, a closed mouth, and a broad nose. The eyes, closed, are oval-shaped below a high, sloping forehead. The semi-circular ears are asymmetrical. At the top of the head, there is a raised circle decorated with small dots. 
Akan (Akan (culture or style))
Commemorative Head
20th century
Gift of Dr. Daniel and Sandra Mato
2003/2.50
This work is a terracotta head with a narrow, striated neck. The head is flat and circular, slightly tilted back on the neck. The mouth is open with three diagonal marks on each cheek. The eyebrows are formed by one continuous, curved line above the eyes and nose. 
Akan (Akan (culture or style))
Commemorative Head
20th century
Gift of Dr. Daniel and Sandra Mato
2003/2.53
Standing female figure on a round base mounted on another square base. There are metal rings around the ankles. The hands are placed at the sides and there are strings of beads around the waist and neck. There are three vertical grooves in the forehead and on each cheek there are three vertical and three horizontal grooves. The hair is in a conical shape with a small knob at the top, decorated with vertical grooves. 
Yoruba (Yoruba (culture or style))
Female Twin Figure
1950 – 1999
Gift and partial purchase from the estate of Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco
2017/1.665
This work is a terracotta head with an asymmetrical face. The chin is small as are the mouth and nose. The eyes appear to be closed and the left eye is lower than the other. The left ear is also lower on the head than the right ear. The forehead is large and rectangular, ending in a hairstyle formed by small, round knobs. 
Akan (Akan (culture or style))
Commemorative Head
20th century
Gift of Dr. Daniel and Sandra Mato
2003/2.52
This terracotta head with a striated neck is decorated with a pattern of raised knobs and two strings of multi-colored beads. The base of the neck is decorated with three rings of wavy lines. The face is somewhat flat and circular, tilting backwards slightly. There are three diagonal marks on each side of the open mouth. The eyes are almond shaped, framed by brows in the form of one curved line. The hairstyle is formed by four triangular projections. The oblong-shaped ears sit high on each side of the face. 
Akan (Akan (culture or style))
Commemorative Head
1700 – 1899
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
2000/2.117
Ceramic head on a hollow cylinder with a fluted base. The figure's eyes and mouth are thin, while the nose is angular. The top of the head is covered in small protruding points. 
Akan (Akan (culture or style))
Commemorative Head
1850 – 1950
Gift of Michael and Phyllis Courlander
2016/1.256
Ceramic head atop a hollow cylinder with a fluted base. The face is round with small eyes, nose, and mouth. A horizontal line cuts across the forehead of the figure. At the top of the head are three sets of two interlocking loops, one of which has almost completely broken off. 
Akan (Akan (culture or style))
Commemorative Head
20th century
Gift of Michael and Phyllis Courlander
2016/1.258
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