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Mumuye Gong19th century - 20th century
Carved, incised, and drilled wood
31 3/16 in. (79.2 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.3.140
Other Number(s): 48 (123) (Neufeld Collection Number)
123 (Sotheby's Lot Number)
Geography: Africa, Nigeria, Adamawa Plateau, Muri Division of Adamawa Province
Classification: Tools and Equipment; Musical Instruments & Sound-making Implements
Culture/Nationality: Mumuye Nigerian, West African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection
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.
- figurative art - Art that portrays forms recognizably derived from objective sources, in however altered or distorted form. Includes but not limited to representations of the human figure.
- slit drums - Percussion idiophones made by cutting, burning, or gouging a slit in the wall of a hollowed-out piece of wood, used for musical or signaling purposes.
- stools - A seat for one person, often without a back. They were the most common type of seat furniture until the 19th century. Distinct from "benches" in that they seat only one person; usually distinguished from "chairs" in that they have no back; however, tall seating pieces at a bar or counter are called stools though they sometimes have backs. Generally made in two types; one supported on four straight legs and the other with legs arranged crosswise.
- 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.
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
- Highlights from the Mace and Helen Katz Neufeld Donation of African Art Bryn Mawr College , Sep 1, 1998 – Dec 1, 1998
Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
Ownership End Date: 12/17/1997
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
Important Tribal Art
New York, NY, 1989
Figure Number: 123
- "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0098521.
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
- Douglas Newton, The Herbert Baker Collection (Greenwich, Connecticut: Distributed by New York Graphic Society, 1969), 18. Figure Number: 89
- "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0135399.
- Frank Herreman and Constantine Petridis. Mumuye. Sculpture from Nigeria. The Human Figure Reinvented (Milan, Italy: 5 Continents Editions, 2016), 36. Figure Number: 23
- "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0135401.
- Warren M. Robbins and Nancy Ingram Nooter. African Art in American Collections, Survey 1989 (Washington and London: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989), 556. Figure Number: 1528
The 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/peoples/show/Mumuye.
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