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unknown West African

Toy Elephant

Wire, recycled materials

4.724 x 2.677 x 5.512 in. (12 x 6.8 x 14 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2016.14.54
Geography: Africa
Classification: Toys and Games; Toys
Culture/Nationality: West African, African
Collection: Jane Martin Collection

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  • adaptive reuse - The conversion of outmoded or unused things, often things having historic value, to new uses or application in new contexts. Examples include reuse of buildings, objects, software, etc.
  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • metal - Any of a large group of substances that typically show a characteristic luster, are good conductors of electricity and heat, are opaque, can be fused, and are usually malleable or ductile.
  • recycling - Recovery and reuse of materials and energy from waste.
  • toys - Material objects contrived for amusement rather than for practical use by children or pets, or intended as collectibles by adults. Toys are generally miniature versions of real beings or objects that lend themselves to imaginative or imitative play. Toys may also be items for use in games. Among the earliest toys were dolls and balls.
  • 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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  • Suzanne Seriff, "Recycled Re-Seen: Folk Art from the Global Scrap Heap." African Arts 29, no. 4 (Autumn 1996): 42-55, 93-94.

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