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Standing Buddha
1000 – 1199
Gift of Mark and Iuliana Phillips

Tamura Shizo
Ceramic Figure
Gift of the artist
Guanyin standing on a stand decorated with clouds. She is wearing robes, has her hands clasped infant of her, and her hand tilted down.
Chinese (Chinese (culture or style))
Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Chinese, Guanyin) as a goddess
1850 – 1900
Gift of Alan and Eleanor Singer
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
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
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

Sherman Lambdin
Red Devil Bird
1970 – 1991
Gift of The Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collection

Seated woman in kimono (okimono)
20th century
Gift of the William T. and Dora G. Hunter Collection

Japanese (Japanese (culture or style))
Yamabushi (mountain ascetic) (okimono)
20th century
Gift of the William T. and Dora G. Hunter Collection
A bronze figure of a walking man. He is wearing a spiked headdress and is holding up his left hand.
Artist Unknown
Thai Walking Buddha
Gift of the Estate of Anne L. McGrew
Indian terracotta sculpture of a girl with big eyes, opening her right arm and holding something in her left arm.
Indian (Indian (South Asian))
Female figure
1920 – 1990
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink