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Seated figure on a stool holding a child. Both are carved from a single piece of wood.
Bamana (Bamana)
Mother and Child Figure
1850 – 1950
Gift of Michael and Phyllis Courlander
A bust of a mother wearing a hooded robe and carrying a child on her back. 
Mother and Child
20th century
Gift of Cassandra M. Klyman, M.D.
A figure of a standing woman with her arms at her sides.  
20th century
Gift of Cassandra M. Klyman, M.D.
A bearded male figure with arms raised in a "V" and feet stretched downward, overlapping. The figure wears only a loincloth, and there are etchings into the body, including a cross in his chest. Holes appear in this hands and feet, marked with red. Seams appear at his shoulders.
Indian (Indian (South Asian))
Christ Crucified
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink

Japanese (Japanese (culture or style))
200 – 399
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink
A black stone figure with lidded, downcast eyes, detailed hair and elongated ears. The figure leans to his right, the left arm bent upward at the elbow. A belt and several necklaces have been incised.
Figure of Buddha
9th century
Gift of Mary Paul and Bruce Stubbs in honor of Walter Spink
This Songye&nbsp;<em>nkisi,&nbsp;</em>which depicts a standing male figure, displays many of the characteristic hallmarks of Songye anthropomorphic carvings, namely: an overall strong geometric form, squared shoulders, a large head, a triangular face with a rounded forehead and concave cheeks, deep ocular cavities, a rectangular mouth, diminutive ears, and a long, ringed neck. The head is strikingly studded with numerous, indigenously-made brass tacks; furthermore, a cavity on the skull suggests that a horn was at one point likely placed there. A belt of animal skin filled with medicinal substances is wrapped around the chest, while two strands of colored beads are tied across the torso. Three bells, themselves affixed to the strings of beads, dangle below the&nbsp;<em>nkisi&nbsp;</em>figure. An animal skin loincloth covers the bottom half of the figure. In addition to kaolin, the&nbsp;<em>nkisi</em>&rsquo;s surface bears a crusty patina, evidence that it was the recipient of consecrational and votive libatio
Songye;Kalebwe (Songye)
1845 – 1855
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
This woodcarved figure depicts a female with a large bowl-shaped vessel upon the crown of her head, intended to be a container for symbolic, medicinal and spirit “activating” ingredients. Representative of the Kasongo style (regarded as the “classical” or “pure” Kusu stylistic form), this <em>kakudji</em> features an inverted, triangular-shaped head, a wide, convex forehead, high ears, cowrie shell eyes, a triangular nose, an oval mouth with protruding lips, a pointed chin, and conical breasts. The figure possesses a prominent belly indicating pregnancy, and representing the themes of maternity, fertility, and the continuation of the lineage. A large piece of textured cloth tied in place with rope encircles the female’s lower arms and lower body.
Kusu (Kusu (Luba region style))
Power Figure
1925 – 1935
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
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

Yamagata Hiro (American (North American))
The Big Boss
Gift of Jack A. and Noreen Rounick
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.&nbsp;
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

Indian (Indian (South Asian))
Gift of the Estate of Thakur Rup Chand