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Standing male figure on a round base with both arms placed at the sides. There is a triangular carving, possibly an amulet, around the neck and back. The figure has a conical coiffure with vertical grooves. The coiffure terminates in two smaller conical projections. 
Yoruba (Yoruba (culture or style))
Male Twin Figure
20th century
Gift of Michael and Phyllis Courlander
2016/1.252.1
A carved wooden panel featuring a man facing the viewer's right at the top of the panel with scrolling flowers through the center. A figure's face and nose are visible at the bottom of the panel.
French (French (culture or style))
Carved Panel
1500 – 1550
Gift of Professor James Boyd White
2017/1.554.1

Nguni (Nguni)
Staff
20th century
Gift of Dede and Oscar Feldman
2019/1.270

Dan
Ceremonial Ladle
1950 – 1965
Gift of Hellen Bennett from the collection of Glen and Eugenia Ozinga
2019/2.89
This finely detailed, wooden Wongo cup bears three anthropomorphic faces carved in relief: a large, central face and two smaller, diamond-shaped faces to either side. The remaining areas of the body of the cup are completely covered in an elaborate diamond-shape pattern, a characteristic commonly seen in Wongo and Kuba objects. The cup’s faces exhibit the stylistic influence of the neighboring Kuba, as evidenced by the scarifications on the central face that extend from its temples to its ears; the large, triangular nose; and the half closed coffeebean-shaped eyes. The other two faces closely resemble the center face but lack ears and scarifications. The cup has a curved handle while the interior is smooth and polished.
Wongo (Wongo)
Cup
1905 – 1915
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.210
This  stool features an elegantly carved standing female caryatid supporting the seat. It exhibits the characteristic hallmarks of a Southern Hemba style, which in turn was strongly influenced by the neighboring Luba. These traits include the broad, rounded forms of the sculpture, the disproportionately large head, the ovoid face with a subdued expression, a wide convex forehead, the brow ridge defined in relief, half-closed eyes, the elongated nose, the narrow mouth with clenched lips, the protruding abdomen with a pointed umbilicus, scarification patterns on the torso, and a multitude of sculpted bracelets upon both wrists.  Also emblematic of Southern Hemba sculptural forms is the elaborate pulled-back chignon hairstyle (<em>kibanda</em>), which forms a cruciform motif in the rear.  The figure also possesses conical breasts, short squat legs, and flat feet. The tips of the figure’s fingers symbolically carry the circular seat.
Hemba (Hemba (culture or style))
Chief's Stool
1915 – 1925
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.224
This woodcarved figure exhibits elaborate diamond-shaped scarifications throughout the torso and crescent-shaped ones across the pubis; a disproportionately long trunk; and, protruding breasts and umbilicus. With semi-spherical feet, the figure stands with knees slightly bent. Her round head features an angular face; a large, concave forehead; coffeebean-shaped eyes; a triangular nose; a small mouth; and a coiffure styled in cascading tiers. The elbows are bent such that her fingers rest atop the shoulders, adjacent to the breasts.
Luba (Luba (culture or style))
Power Figure
1895 – 1905
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.218
Seated figure with crossed legs. The figure is holding an undecorated cup. He is wearing a vest and hat and is holding one hand to his chest. The figure sits on a stool, which rests on a drum. 
Yombe (Yombe (culture or style))
Seated Figure
1880 – 1890
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.186

Akan (Akan (culture or style))
Ewe Standing Female Figure
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.258

Zaramo
Doll Figure
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.249

Senufo (Senufo (culture or style))
Sando Shrine Figure
Gift of Dr. Daniel and Sandra Mato
2003/2.48

Mozambican (Mozambican)
Headrest
Gift and partial purchase from the estate of Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco
2017/1.619
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