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Jane Martin Collection of African Art & Cultural Objects

Dr. Jane Martin (Class of 1953, MA 1958) is the generous donor of a significant collection of African Art and related papers from her professional work in Liberia. After graduating from Bryn Mawr with two degrees, Martin went on to earn her PhD in African History from Boston University in 1968. Her research focused on the Glebo of Eastern Liberia, and many of her interests there are reflected in the archives she donated to the College, including material on specific individuals in the Kru tribe, African women and their roles in education and society, and governmental and non-profit organizations in Africa. Martin lived and worked in West Africa for several years, teaching African History at the University of Calabar in Nigeria and the University of Liberia in the 1970s. Her papers demonstrate her careful thinking about how to teach history and what to teach, as well as research interviews she conducted during this time. From 1984 to 1989, she was Executive Director of the United States Educational and Cultural Foundation in Liberia, administering the Fulbright Program and other cultural exchange programs. She was a strong advocate for binationalism between the US and Liberia for all of her life, continuing this work at the African-American Institute in New York, when civil war forced Martin to leave Liberia in 1989. Throughout her travels in Africa, Martin collected a wide variety of art and cultural objects, some 150 of which she donated to the Art & Artifacts Collection at Bryn Mawr. These include masks danced by women of Liberia’s Sande society, Ashanti gold weights, baby carriers, toys made by the artist Saarenald T. S. Yaawaisan from recycled flip-flop sandals, and a Baule Chief’s chair. She documented her collecting with various field notes, photographs, and correspondences, all of which serve to enrich the gift of objects immeasurably. Works from Martin’s Collection have been featured in exhibitions organized by students since their arrival at the College in 2016, including On Selecting: Profiles of Alumnae Donors to the African Art & Artifacts Collection (Spring 2017) and Mirrors & Masks: Reflections and Constructions of the Self (Spring 2017). These materials are regularly used in courses across a variety of fields at the College.

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Olla (Jar)   Martinez, Maria   Clay  20th century  2000.4.1 
Chief's Chair   unknown Mandingo   Wood, tin, nails  Mid 20th century  2016.14.1 
Sande Society Zooba Helmet Mask   unknown Vai   Wood, metal  Late 20th century  2016.14.2 
Akan Genre Scene   unknown Akan   Copper Alloy  Late 20th century  2016.14.3 
Sande Society Zooba Helmet Mask   unknown Vai   Wood, dyed raffia fibers  Early 20th century  2016.14.4 
Korhogo Mud Cloth with Zoomorphic Design   unknown Senufo   Cotton, Vegetal dyes  Mid 20th century - Late 20th century  2016.14.5 
Fante Cloth   unknown Ghanaian   Cotton  Late 20th century  2016.14.6 
Kente Cloth   unknown Akan   Cotton  Mid 20th century  2016.14.7 
Kente Cloth   unknown Akan   Cotton, rayon  Late 20th century  2016.14.8 
Sande Society Sowei Helmet Mask   unknown Mende     20th century  2016.14.9 
Sande Society Zooba Helmet Mask   unknown Vai     20th century  2016.14.11 
Sande Society Sowei Helmet Mask   unknown Mende     20th century  2016.14.12 
Sande Society Sowei Helmet Mask   unknown Sherbro (Mande)     20th century  2016.14.13 
Sande Society Gonde Helmet Mask   unknown Mende     20th century  2016.14.14 
Sande Society Sowei Helmet Mask   unknown Mende     20th century  2016.14.15 
Sande Society Zooba Helmet Mask   unknown Vai     20th century  2016.14.16 
Sande Society Zooba Helmet Mask   unknown Vai     20th century  2016.14.17 
Janus-Faced Sande Society Sowei Helmet Mask   unknown Sherbro (Mande)     20th century  2016.14.18 
Sande Society Zooba Helmet Mask   unknown Vai     20th century  2016.14.19 
Sande Society Sowei Helmet Mask   unknown Mende     20th century  2016.14.20 
Gonde Sande Mask       19th century - 20th century  2016.14.21 
Poro Society Gola Gbetu Mask   unknown Gola (West Atlantic)     20th century  2016.14.22 
Poro Society Gola Gbetu Mask   unknown Gola (West Atlantic)     20th century  2016.14.23 
Deangle Face Mask   unknown Mano   Wood, Cowrie Shells, Metal, Fiber  20th century  2016.14.24 
Kagle (Animal Mask)   unknown Krahn     20th century  2016.14.25 
Toy Car   Yaawaisan, Saarenald T. S.   Recycled materials including flip flops and wood  Late 20th century  2016.14.26 
Toy Boat with Helicopter   Yaawaisan, Saarenald T. S.   Recycled materials including flip flops and wood  Late 20th century  2016.14.27 
Toy Truck   Yaawaisan, Saarenald T. S.   Recycled materials including flip flops and wood  Late 20th century  2016.14.28 
Toy Tank   Yaawaisan, Saarenald T. S.   Recycled materials including flip flops and wood  Late 20th century  2016.14.29 
Toy Vehicle   Yaawaisan, Saarenald T. S.   Recycled materials including flip flops and wood  Late 20th century  2016.14.30 
Toy Truck   Yaawaisan, Saarenald T. S.   Recycled materials including flip flops and wood  Late 20th century  2016.14.31 
Toy Bus   Yaawaisan, Saarenald T. S.   Recycled materials including flip flops and wood  Late 20th century  2016.14.32 
Toy Helicopter   Yaawaisan, Saarenald T. S.   Recycled materials including flip flops and wood  Late 20th century  2016.14.33 
Toy Plow Truck   Yaawaisan, Saarenald T. S.   Recycled materials including flip flops and wood  Late 20th century  2016.14.34 
Toy Vehicle   Yaawaisan, Saarenald T. S.   Recycled materials including flip flops and wood  Late 20th century  2016.14.35 
Toy Helicopter with Ship   Yaawaisan, Saarenald T. S.   Recycled materials including flip flops and wood  Late 20th century  2016.14.36 
Toy Airplane   Yaawaisan, Saarenald T. S.   Recycled materials including flip flops and wood  Late 20th century  2016.14.37 
Africa, How Many Prices?   Major, H. Wantue     1984  2016.14.38 
Toy Tank   Yaawaisan, Saarenald T. S.   Recycled materials including flip flops and wood  Late 20th century  2016.14.39 
Toy Tow Truck   Yaawaisan, Saarenald T. S.   Recycled materials including flip flops and wood  Late 20th century  2016.14.40 
Toy Helicopter   Yaawaisan, Saarenald T. S.   Recycled materials including flip flops and wood  Late 20th century  2016.14.41 
Toy Helicopter   Yaawaisan, Saarenald T. S.   Recycled materials including flip flops and wood  Late 20th century  2016.14.42 
Toy Bus   unknown Liberian     20th century  2016.14.43 
The Butcher   Bako, Abdu K.     Late 20th century  2016.14.44 
Ironsmith   Bako, Abdu K.     Late 20th century  2016.14.45 
The Drummer   Bako, Abdu K.     Late 20th century  2016.14.46 
Sewing Scene   Bako, Abdu K.     Late 20th century  2016.14.47 
Doll   unknown Liberian     Late 20th century  2016.14.48 
Doll       20th century  2016.14.49 
Toy Truck   unknown West African   Metal, Flip-Flops, Paint  1950-2000  2016.14.50 
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