Yata (Dance Panel)19th century - 20th century
Sewn textile with hide, wood, and glass beads
12 1/4 in. (31.12 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.3.100
Other Number(s): 76 (165) (Neufeld Collection Number)
165 (Sotheby's Lot Number)
Geography: Africa, Nigeria
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Ritual Objects
Culture/Nationality: Yoruba, Nigerian, West African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection
Keywords Click a term to view the records with the same keywordThis object has the following keywords:
African*, beading*, beads*, beadwork*, multicolored*, Nigerian, sacred objects*, scarifications*, West African*, Yoruba
- African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
- beading - Trimming, furnishing, adorning, or covering textiles or objects with beads, or creating jewelry by stringing beads.
- beads - Refers to small objects, of any shape or material, pierced so that they may be strung or hung or attached, as by sewing.
- beadwork - Visual works comprising designs, patterns, or other arrangements of beads, typically stringed or attached to textile supports.
- multicolored - Refers generally to the use of many colors.
- sacred objects - Broadly, ceremonial objects that retain their sacredness in their present context. Sometimes defined more narrowly as only those needed by a present-day culture to practice their religion. For objects that are used primarily for a religious ceremony or function, but are not necessarily in themselves considered sacred, use "religious objects."
- scarifications - Refers to permanent marks, such as symbols, patterns, or other designs, made on human skin by scarring, done for social or cultural reasons or for personal decoration.
- 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.
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Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
Ownership End Date: 12/20/1996
Bibliography ListThe following Bibliography exist for this object:
Important Tribal Art
New York, NY, 1989
Figure Number: 165
- "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0101227.
Comparanda ListThe following Comparanda exist for this object:
- "The Israel Museum, Jerusalem Online Collection." (Accessed May 7, 2020): https://www.imj.org.il/en. Accession No.: B03.0675.
- L. S. Dubin, The History of Beads (London, England: Thames & Hudson, 1987), 54-55.
- "Detroit Institute of Arts Online Collection." (Accessed May 2, 2020): https://www.dia.org/art/collection/dia-collection. Accession No.: 81.714.
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