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unknown Nafana

Nafana Antelope Dance Crest and Headdress

19th century - 20th century
Carved wood with textile

35 in. x 12 in. x 8 1/2 in. (88.9 cm x 30.48 cm x 21.59 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.3.51.a
Other Number(s): 11 (45) (Neufeld Collection Number)
45 (Sotheby's Lot Number)
Geography: Africa, Burkina Faso
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Masks
Culture/Nationality: Nafana, Burkinabé, 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.
  • antelopes - Common name for several species of deer-like ruminants from several genera, including true antelopes, goat-like antelopes, and ox-like antelopes. They have in common that they are even-toed, hoofed mammals that typically are swift, slender, and graceful plains dwellers.
  • Burkina Faso - Style and culture of the people of Burkina Faso.
  • 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.
  • masks - Refers to coverings for all or part of the face, usually with openings for the eyes and sometimes the mouth. They are worn to hide or alter the identity of the wearer or for protection. Masks as cultural objects have been used throughout the world in all periods since the Stone Age. Masks are extremely varied in appearance, function, and fundamental meaning. They may be associated with ceremonies that have religious and social significance or are concerned with funerary customs, fertility rites, or curing sickness. They may be used on festive occasions or to portray characters in a dramatic performance and in re-enactments of mythological events. They may be used for warfare and as protective devices in certain sports. They are also employed as architectural ornaments.
  • Nafana - Style and culture of the African ethnic group of the same name inhabiting northern Ghana and Burkina Faso.
  • 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, CĂ´te 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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  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 12/20/2996

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Important Tribal Art Sotheby's . New York, NY, 1989
    Figure Number: 45
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0006130.

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