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unknown Mandingo

Chief's Chair

Mid 20th century
Wood, tin, nails

26 1/2 x 17 x 14 in. (67.31 x 43.18 x 35.56 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2016.14.1
Other Number(s): 2014.17.1 (Incorrect Accession No.)
Geography: Africa, Republic of Guinea
Classification: Furnishings and Furniture; Furniture; Chair
Culture/Nationality: Mandingo, Guinean, West African, African
Collection: Jane Martin Collection

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  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • furniture - Movable or fixed objects or equipment, which may be either functional or ornamental, particularly objects for sitting, reclining, or storage, such as chairs, beds, tables, cabinets, etc., in a dwelling, business, or public space.
  • Guinean - Style and culture of people of the modern nation of Guinée (Republic of Guinea) or of the historical people of the broader region of forest and coastal areas of western Africa between the tropic of Cancer and the equator known also as "Guinea."
  • Mandingo
  • 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: Jane Martin, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
    Ownership Start Date: February, 1986
    Ownership End Date: April 25, 2014

  • Owner Name: Sekou Sillah
    Role: Seller
    Place: Liberia
    Ownership End Date: February, 1986
    Remarks: Likely purchased in Monrovia, Liberia

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0067996.
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0067993.

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