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Image of Figure of an Askari (Local Soldier) in the European Army

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Workshop of
Mutisya Munge
Kamba, Kenyan Primary

Figure of an Askari (Local Soldier) in the European Army

First half 20th century
Carved, inlaid wood, and metal

12.205 x 3.74 x 3.15 in. (31 x 9.5 x 8 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.3.13
Other Number(s): 129 (289) (Neufeld Collection Number)
289 (Sotheby's Lot Number)
Geography: Africa, Kenya
Classification: Fine and Visual Arts; Sculptures
Culture/Nationality: Kamba, Kenyan, East 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.
  • East African - Styles and cultures of the eastern area of Africa including Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, that together with the Horn of Africa (Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea, and Ethiopia) make up Eastern Africa.
  • Kamba - Style and culture of the Kamba Bantu ethnic group of the Eastern Province of Kenya.
  • Kenyan - Style and culture of Kenya.
  • painting - The application of paint to a surface primarily for protection or to apply a general color. For the application of pigments to a surface to create an expressive or communicative image, use "painting (image-making)."
  • soldiers - Generally refers to those belonging to an army, whether that of a sovereign state, a faction or division within a sovereign state, or of an individual leader. Specifically refers to military personnel of enlisted rank, as distinguished from commissioned officers. For those trained for or engaged in the physical combat of warfare and sanctioned in that function by the society or group for which they fight, irrespective of actual membership in an army, see "warriors."
  • 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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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

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

  • Owner Name: Herbert F. Rieser (1902-1978)
    Role: Previous Owner
    Place: London, UK

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Important Tribal Art Sotheby's . New York, NY, 1989
    Figure Number: 289
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0074991.

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.; 0127909.
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0075016.
  • "The British Museum Online Collection." (Accessed May 17, 2020): Accession No.: Af1936,0603.1.

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • "Bruno Claessens: African Art – Research. Publications. Exhibitions. Auctions. Discoveries. Opinions. Objects.." (Accessed May 5, 2020):,

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