10 UMMA Objects
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Iron staff with a circle of 14 small birds surrounding a large, central bird, which is topped by a smaller bird. 
Yoruba (Yoruba (culture or style))
Herbalist's Staff
1901 – 1950
Gift and partial purchase from the estate of Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco
2017/1.660
Small bowl supported by two fish on a circular base. The two fish are curved so that the head, tail, and one fin support the bowl while the middle of the body rests on the base. The other fin connects the fish's tail to the head. The edge of the bowl and the base are decorated with incised diagonal marks. 
Yoruba (Yoruba (culture or style))
Bowl
1901 – 1999
Gift and partial purchase from the estate of Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco
2017/1.669
A slightly curved rod, wider at the top while the bottom comes to a rounded point. In the middle is a figure of a woman kneeling and holding her breasts in her hands. There is also a nail near to the top of the object. 
Yoruba (Yoruba (culture or style))
Ifa divination tapper
1901 – 1950
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.250
Ivory rod with a round base and a pointed tip. A carved female figure kneels near the bottom of the rod. Above and below her are rows of various carved geometric patterns. A portion of the piece is hollow and there is an intentional hole at the base.
Ifa Divination Tapper
20th century
Gift of Robert M. and Lillian Montalto Bohlen in memory of Nancy Turner Bohlen
2015/2.183
Carved wood headdress in the form of a bird's head and neck. The beak is open and the head is covered with leather, some of which is red. There is also string wrapped around the head of the bird. The crest above the beak is covered with red seeds, possibly abrus seeds. The long, curved neck is attached to a flat disc, through which leather straps have been inserted. The strap at the bottom of the neck is also attached to the back of the bird's head as well. 
Hunter's Bird Decoy Headdress
1945 – 1955
Gift of Dale E. Rice
1982/2.63
Cloth bag covered with multi-colored beadwork. The front is split into four asymetric panels; the far left has what may be a bow and arrow surmounted by a chameleon on a blue background; the next panel has a round face with triangle and checkerboard patterns; the next panel has a pattern of horizontal zig-zags; the far right panel has blue and white checkerboard pattern, except for one area that has a pink and orange checkerboard design. The inside also has a cloth lining, which may be <em>adire</em> or <em>aso oke</em> cloth. 
Yoruba (Yoruba (culture or style))
Diviner's Bag
20th century
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
1997/1.339
Iron staff with 3 sets of 4 bells along the length, with two leaf-like protrusions near the middle. At the top are 7 birds in a circle surmounted by one large bird.
Yoruba (Yoruba (culture or style))
Diviner's Staff
1901 – 1999
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.238
Kneeling brass female figure atop an iron staff. The eyes protrude and the mouth is straight. On the forehead are two crescent shapes and the figure also has a beard. The figure is elaborately decorated, with a necklace, cylindrical headdress, and circular discs hanging from the back of the head. There are two larger spiral motifs on the sides of the body and the hands are held in closed fists in front of the body, the left hand on top of the right.
Yoruba (Yoruba (culture or style))
Ogboni staff
1900 – 1970
Gift of Margaret H. and Albert J. Coudron
2001/2.39
A large base cylinder covered with cowrie shells, triangular flaps made of red and spotted cloth, and leather; some of the flaps have fringes around the edge. Single strands of cowrie shells hang from the base. A smaller, open cylinder sits on top, made of four intersecting bands of cowrie shells. Between the bands are leather and cloth flaps in the shape of triangles attached to rectangles. Across the cowrie shell bands hang four more triangular flaps, some with fringes. The object is topped by a figure of a bird, attached by a metal nail. 
Yoruba (Yoruba (culture or style))
House of the Head
1880 – 1940
Gift of the Honorable Jack Faxon in memory of Pauline Faxon
1991/2.92
Bell or gong in the form of a rectangular human head. On each side there is an image of a woman surrounded by what may be snakes. At the top of the object is an open loop. The bottom of the object is open with some cracks along the bottom edges.
Yoruba (Yoruba (culture or style))
Ogboni gong
1901 – 1999
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.242
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