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This carved wooden figure depicts a standing male, and is one of a pair that includes a female figure also carved by the same hand. According to noted art historian Niangi Batulukisi, these two figures deviate from the classical Bembe style and are “an extreme rarity” due to the fact that they are likely connected to an ancient pre-Bembe style.<br /><br />
The male figure’s trunk is disproportionately long, while the legs are slightly flexed at the knees. His facial features includes closed eyes set in round, ocular cavities and a perfectly rounded, open mouth.  The hairstyle bears geometric motifs. Most striking, however, is that medicinal substances have been tied around the male’s entire torso--indeed from his neck to his pelvis--by tightly-wound, resin-covered strings. Moreover, a hole appears on the crown of his head, likely intended for the placement of an animal horn containing even more medicinal ingredients. A small sliver of a white shell appears across the figure’s chest. Traces of tukula powder ca
Bembe (Bembe (Kongo))
Male Figure
1865 – 1875
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.196.2
Kneeling female figure on a rectangular base, holding a bowl decorated with a human face. The bowl is supported by a short cylinder. The figure has bracelets on each wrist and chevron-shaped marks on each arm. The hair is in a comb-like shape, decorated with vertical grooves. 
Yoruba (Yoruba (culture or style))
Kneeling Figure
1901 – 1999
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.245

Bamana (Bamana)
Door Lock
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.244
Wooden mask in the shape of human head, covered with animal skin, possibly antelope. The head is ovoid shaped with a small nose and an open mouth filled with teeth. The ears are small and there is a dark line running from the top of the forehead to the bottom of the nose. There are two raised marks on each side of the face. The top of the head is darkened and has small, wooden pegs to represent hair. 
Mask
1890 – 1959
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.243

Zaramo
Fertility Doll
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.255

Bamana (Bamana)
Figure
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.251

Zaramo
Doll Figure
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.248

Idoma (Idoma)
Figure
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.253
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
This wooden figure depicts a standing female whose upper body is wrapped with woven fiber and metal rings, while multi-colored beads and metal objects including clips, a pendant, and a smaller ring dangle from her ears. Arms, facial details, a coiffure, and defined toes are not present.  <br />
 
Zande (Zande)
Power Figure
1905 – 1915
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.236
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))
Mortar
1865 – 1875
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.205
This carved, wooden Yaka figure depicts a man standing with an animal perched atop his head. The carving is stylized and exhibits characteristics typically seen among northern Yaka figural representations: flexed knees; arms bent with upturned palms positioned at shoulder level; and, an animal figure upon its head. In this case, the creature has a curved body and appears to be an anteater. The male figure has a narrow, cylindrical body; a slightly protruding belly; a simple coiffure; an elongated face; barely-open eyes from which vertical lines extend downward; a disproportionately large, pointed nose, and a darkened beard.
Yaka (Yaka (Kwango-Kwilu region style))
Figure
1915 – 1925
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.193
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