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unknown Tsonga

unknown Nguni

Baboon Prestige Staff

19th century - 20th century
Carved wood

53 1/2 in. (135.89 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.5.106
Other Number(s): 84-49 (Neufeld Collection Number)
290 (Sotheby's Lot Number)
Geography: Africa, South Africa, Eastern South Africa
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Ritual Objects
Culture/Nationality: Northern Nguni (Zulu), South African, Southern 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.
  • Papio - Members of a genus containing five living species of large, robust, and primarily terrrestrial monkeys found in dry regions of Africa and Arabia, characterized by a long dog-like snout, large canine teeth or tusks, capacious cheek pouches, and naked callosities on the buttocks.
  • prestige - Social standing in the estimation of others; influence or reputation derived from achievements, associations, or character, or past success.
  • South African - Style and culture of the people of South Africa.
  • staffs - Long sticks carried in the hand for support in walking.
  • Tsonga - Style and culture of the African ethnic group of the same name currently inhabiting South Africa and Mozambique.
  • Zulu

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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
  • African and Pacific Art from the Neufeld Collection Bryn Mawr College , Apr 28, 1993 – Jun 1, 1993

  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 7/18/1991

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Important Tribal Art Sotheby's . New York, NY, 1989
    Figure Number: 290
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0116547.

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • "The Cleveland Museum of Art Online Collections." (Accessed May 18, 2020): Accession No.: 2010.204.
  • "African Tribal art Auction." (Accessed May 18, 2020):
  • "National Museum of African Art Online Database." (Accessed April 12, 2020): Smithsonian, Accession No.: 91-14-2.
  • "The University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art." (Accessed May 18, 2020): Accession No.: 1996.260.
  • Catalogue of Tribal Art also Tibetan, Nepalese, Indian and South-East Asian Art (London: Sotheby's, 1983), 44. Figure Number: 182

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