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unknown Grebo
Primary



Lü Me (Female Figure)

19th century - 20th century
Wood with glass beads and human hair

14 3/16 in. x 6 11/16 in. x 3 9/16 in. (36 cm x 17 cm x 9 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.3.61
Other Number(s): 63 (Sotheby's Lot Number)
21 (63) (Neufeld Collection Number)
Geography: Africa, Liberia
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Ritual Objects
Culture/Nationality: Kru-Grebo, Liberian, West African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection

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This object has the following keywords:
  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • carvings - Refers to works executed by cutting a figure or design out of a solid material such as stone or wood. It typically refers to works that are relatively small in size, are part of a larger work, or are not considered art. For large and medium-sized three-dimensional works of art, use the broader term "sculpture" or another appropriate term.
  • female - Referring to the sex that normally produces eggs or female germ cells.
  • Grebo
  • Kru
  • Liberian - Style and culture of the nation of Liberia, a West African state founded in 1822.
  • ritual objects - Objects used for a particular ritual activity, often as part of a ceremony.
  • West African - Styles and cultures from the region comprising the westernmost area of the African continent, defined by the United Nations as including the modern nations of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
  • wood - The principal tissue of trees and other plants that provides both strength and a means of conducting nutrients. Wood is one of the most versatile materials known.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Akala: Kenyan Tread Art , Jan 1, 2005 – Jun 1, 2005
  • Journeys Through African Womanhood Bryn Mawr College , Feb 14, 2003 – Mar 28, 2003
  • African Images, Western Imageries: Collecting and Recollecting African Bryn Mawr College , Sep 26, 1999 – Jun 15, 2000

Provenance History
  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 12/20/1996


  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Buyer
    Place: Likely New York, US


  • Owner Name: Marcia & Irwin Hersey
    Role: Seller
    Place: New York, US


  • Owner Name: Marcia & Irwin Hersey
    Role: Buyer
    Place: Galerie Khepri van Rijn, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


  • Owner Name: Louis Pieter Cornelis van Rijn (Lode 1910-1997), Galerie Khepri van Rijn, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Role: Seller
    Place: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Ownership Start Date: ca. 1973


  • Owner Name: Louis Pieter Cornelis van Rijn (Lode 1910-1997), Galerie Khepri van Rijn
    Role: Buyer
    Place: Amsterdam, The Netherlands


  • Owner Name: Harvey Menist (1930-1982)
    Role: Seller
    Place: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Ownership Start Date: ca. 1973


  • Owner Name: Harvey Menist (1930-1982)
    Role: Buyer
    Place: Paris, France


  • Owner Name: Robert Duperrier (1917-1996)
    Role: Seller
    Place: Paris, France
    Ownership End Date: 1973
    Remarks: Published by Duperrier in 1973. AHDRC.eu had guessed that he owned it in the 1960's.


Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Important Tribal Art Sotheby's . New York, NY, 1989
    Figure Number: 63
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0063217.
  • "Arts d'Afrique Noire." 7 (Autumn 1973): 43.

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0123241.

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • "Liberia Positive Blog." (Accessed June 18, 2020): Libpositives.com/blog. https://libpositives.com/blog/https/libpositivescom/blog-5.

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