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Peter Tooki
Man at Seal Hole
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene B. Power
A conical stopper, topped by an anthropomorphic representation of a female head with elaborate coiffure. 
Luba (Luba (culture or style))
1895 – 1905
Museum purchase made possible by the Betty J. Lockett Memorial Fund
The Buddha in bhumisparsa mudra (the gesture of touching the earth with his right hand, palm inward), signaling his victory over Mara. He is shown under three leaves, indicating the bodhi tree under which he sat while meditating before reaching an awakening. He is shown flanked by two stupas, or reliquary monuments, symbolizing his attainment of nirvana.<br />
Indian (Indian (South Asian))
Buddha, seated under a canopy of 3 leaves on a double lotus dais in the padmasana pose, in bhumisparsa mudra, flanked by two stupas
11th century
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
Oval-shaped piece of veined, green Swedish marble standing on one of its narrow ends. Three holes of different sizes penetrate into the object's center. The holes are painted in a semi-gloss black and matte white.
Dame Barbara Hepworth (British (modern))
Sphere with Colour (Grey and White)
Museum Purchase

Kuba (Kuba (Democratic Republic of Congo style))
1945 – 1955
Museum Purchase
This wooden mortar is decorated by finely carved geometric patterns and features two anthropomorphic heads bearing recognizable Chokwe characteristics including coffeebean-shaped eyes enclosed in large ocular cavities. The lower head, the face of an idealized female (<em>mwana pwo</em>), forms the body of the mortar. The upper head, turned at a 90 degree angle from the lower head, is wearing a headdress which extends behind his face. Resting on top of the upper head is the bowl of the mortar.
Chokwe (Chokwe (culture or style))
1865 – 1875
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
With stool back and very fine aged patina.
Dogon (Dogon (culture or style))
Animal Figure
Gift and partial purchase from the estate of Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco

Tivi Ilisituk;Inuit;Salluit
Walrus Hunter
Gift of Arthur and Catherine B. Adel

Benin (ancient Nigerian)
Leopard Box Lid
1870 – 1880
Gift of Mrs. Chet LaMore
An ivory tusk carving with images of people on it. Some of the people have their hands in a praying position.
African (African (general, continental cultures))
Tusk Carving with Stand
20th century
Gift of Denise Miner Stanford
This wood-carved fly-whisk bears a standing female figure whose narrow, cylindrical, and elongated torso doubles as its handle. Geometric and diamond shaped scarification patterns of leaden inlay, worn smooth due to extended use, decorate the head and body while her right arm extends to reach the top of her head; the left arm is missing. A patterned, red cotton wrap marks the transition zone between the figure's torso and the buffalo hair below. In effect, the buffalo hair visually acts as a grass skirt completing the above figure's body and dress.  
Dondo (Dondo)
Fly whisk
1795 – 1805
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
This male figure has a powerful body, with a smooth, bare chest that stands with knees flexed and arms bent next to the sides of the abdomen. The elaborate coiffure is styled as a braid forming concentric circles at the back of the head. The figure exhibits many of the facial traits characteristic of the Chokwe expansionistic style including half-closed eyes set in large, concave ocular cavities; small nose; arched ears; large, rectilinear mouth with fleshy lips; and a prominent disk-shaped chin. The figure dons pants depicting shredded fiber worn by masked dancers. It has large feet that lack toes; the fingers are also not shaped. Notably, the figure has several cavities: one on the top of the head, one in the middle of the abdomen, and another between its legs. These openings held medicinal ingredients which were either placed on their own or contained in a horn. The figure&#39;s body features honey coloration and a black coating, characteristics frequently seen in figures of the neighboring Lwena people.
Hamba (ancestor) figure
1915 – 1925
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern