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unknown Nguni

Colonial Figure

19th century, 20th century
Carved wood

7 11/16 in. x 1 15/16 in. x 1 3/4 in. (19.5 cm x 5 cm x 4.5 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.3.139
Other Number(s): 132 (294) (Neufeld Collection Number)
294 (Sotheby's Lot Number)
Geography: Africa, South Africa
Culture/Nationality: Northern Nguni (Zulu), South African, Southern 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.
  • colons - Figurative sculpture, dating in Africa from the 1880s, depicting the impact of colonialism through the manipulation of European characteristics, such as posture, attire, and accessories.
  • mourning - The feeling or expression of grief or sorrow, along with the ritual observances accompanying a death.
  • South African - Style and culture of the people of South Africa.
  • 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.
  • Zulu

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • African Images, Western Imageries: Collecting and Recollecting African Bryn Mawr College , Sep 26, 1999 – Jun 15, 2000
  • Gestures in African Art L. Kahan Gallery , Jan 1, 1982 – Dec 31, 1982

  • Owner Name: Leonark Kahan (L. Kahan Gallery)
    Role: Dealer
    Place: New York, New York, US
    Ownership End Date: ca. 1982

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

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Important Tribal Art Sotheby's . New York, NY, 1989
    Figure Number: 294
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0115986.
  • Suzanne Preston Blier, Gestures in African Art L. Kahan Gallery. New York, NY, 1982
    Page Number: 47, 70, Figure Number: 37

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