Female Kundul (Figure)Mid 19th century - Early 20th century
14 1/4 in. x 2 9/16 in. x 2 9/16 in. (36.2 cm x 6.5 cm x 6.5 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.3.84.a
Other Number(s): 47 (122) (Neufeld Collection Number)
122 (Sotheby's Lot Number)
Geography: Africa, Nigeria, North West Benue River Valley, Central Nigeria
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Ritual Objects
Culture/Nationality: Wurkun, 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 - 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.
- ritual objects - Objects used for a particular ritual activity, often as part of a ceremony.
- twine - Strong string composed of two or more strands twisted together, especially that which measures less than 3/16 of an inch in diameter.
- 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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Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
Ownership End Date: 12/20/1996
Owner Name: Morton Dimondstein (1920-2000)
Role: Previous Owner
Place: Los Angeles, California, US
Bibliography ListThe following Bibliography exist for this object:
- "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0177726.
Important Tribal Art
New York, NY, 1989
Figure Number: 122
Comparanda ListThe following Comparanda exist for this object:
- "Princeton University Art Museum." (Accessed August 5, 2020): https://artmuseum.princeton.edu/search/collections. Accession No.: 2015-6681 a-b.
- "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0169760.
- "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0101004.
- "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0100994.
- Marla C. Burns, ed. Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley (Los Angeles: Fowler Museum at UCLA, 2011), 421, 427. Figure Number: 13.6, 13.11-13.13
Related Bibliography ListThe following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
- "Art and Life in Africa: Peoples." (Accessed May 11, 2020): https://africa.uima.uiowa.edu/peoples/. https://africa.uima.uiowa.edu/media/photos/show/4131?back=home%2FSearchForm%3FSearch%3D1986.163%26Go%3D.
- Marla C. Berns and Richard Fardon. "Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley." African Arts 44, no. 3 (Autumn 2011): 16-37, Figure Number: 21.
- Marla C. Burns, ed. Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley (Los Angeles: Fowler Museum at UCLA, 2011), 417-435.
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