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W19 Joseph-Gabriel - FRENCH 270 - Black France

A naturalistic rendering of a human face. Eyes carved in relief are convex and almond-shaped with narrow slits and are placed in round, concave eye sockets. Nose is slender at the bridge and rounded at the tip. The horizontal mouth is partially opened. Half rounded ears display metal loops, one includes a tag with the number 039641-HAV(?). The "hair" is attached with a cloth headband, covered in snakeskin, placed high on the forehead and is made from clay and red tukula powder. The face shows striated, scarifcation patters underneath and to the sides of the eyes; the forehead shows is a chingelyengelye cross motif. The patina is smooth and redish brown in color.
Chokwe
Pwo Mask
wood, tukula powder, clay, string, metal, fur, snakeskin, cloth
11 7/8 in x 11 1/4 in x 6 11/16 in (30.1 cm x 28.6 cm x 17 cm)
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
An ivory tusk carving with images of people on it. Some of the people have their hands in a praying position.
African
Tusk Carving with Stand
Ivory
14 15/16 in x 3 11/16 in x 3 7/16 in (38 cm x 9.3 cm x 8.8 cm);14 3/8 in x 1 5/8 in x 1 3/8 in (36.5 cm x 4.2 cm x 3.5 cm);5 5/16 in x 3 11/16 in x 3 7/16 in (13.5 cm x 9.3 cm x 8.8 cm);14 15/16 in x 3 11/16 in x 3 7/16 in (38 cm x 9.3 cm x 8.8 cm)
Gift of Denise Miner Stanford
Oval-shaped face mask with slit eye-openings, a mouth with articulated teeth, and scarification on the forehead. 
Chokwe
Pwo mask
wood and tukula powder
7 ¼ in x 5 ¼ in x 2 ¾ in (18.41 cm x 13.34 cm x 6.99 cm)
Gift of Robert M. and Lillian Montalto Bohlen in memory of Nancy Turner Bohlen
Cloth figure of a human, bound around human remains. The figure is in a seated position with arms outstretched. The torso and neck are cylindrical and elongated.
Bembe
Reliquary figure (muzidi)
dyed woven cotton cloth, vegetable fiber, cane, wood pegs, human remains
15 7/8 in x 14 5/8 in x 9 in (40.3 cm x 37.2 cm x 22.9 cm)
Anonymous Gift
Cast brass head of a human. A beaded collar covers the neck and chin, while the top of the head is decorated with a beaded cap, small clusters of what may be flowers, and 'wings' that rise from either side of the head and almost meet by the mouth. There is an opening at the top of the head as well. 
Edo; Benin (ancient Nigerian)
Commemorative Head
brass
19 1/2 in x 10 7/16 in x 11 5/16 in (49.53 cm x 26.51 cm x 28.73 cm)
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern

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