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Jane Martin Collection of African Art & Cultural Objects

Dr. Jane Martin (Class of 1953, MA 1958) is the generous donor of a significant collection of African Art and related papers from her professional work in Liberia. After graduating from Bryn Mawr with two degrees, Martin went on to earn her PhD in African History from Boston University in 1968. Her research focused on the Glebo of Eastern Liberia, and many of her interests there are reflected in the archives she donated to the College, including material on specific individuals in the Kru tribe, African women and their roles in education and society, and governmental and non-profit organizations in Africa. Martin lived and worked in West Africa for several years, teaching African History at the University of Calabar in Nigeria and the University of Liberia in the 1970s. Her papers demonstrate her careful thinking about how to teach history and what to teach, as well as research interviews she conducted during this time. From 1984 to 1989, she was Executive Director of the United States Educational and Cultural Foundation in Liberia, administering the Fulbright Program and other cultural exchange programs. She was a strong advocate for binationalism between the US and Liberia for all of her life, continuing this work at the African-American Institute in New York, when civil war forced Martin to leave Liberia in 1989. Throughout her travels in Africa, Martin collected a wide variety of art and cultural objects, some 150 of which she donated to the Art & Artifacts Collection at Bryn Mawr. These include masks danced by women of Liberia’s Sande society, Ashanti gold weights, baby carriers, toys made by the artist Saarenald T. S. Yaawaisan from recycled flip-flop sandals, and a Baule Chief’s chair. She documented her collecting with various field notes, photographs, and correspondences, all of which serve to enrich the gift of objects immeasurably. Works from Martin’s Collection have been featured in exhibitions organized by students since their arrival at the College in 2016, including On Selecting: Profiles of Alumnae Donors to the African Art & Artifacts Collection (Spring 2017) and Mirrors & Masks: Reflections and Constructions of the Self (Spring 2017). These materials are regularly used in courses across a variety of fields at the College.

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Title Artist Medium & Support Creation Date Accession Number
Comb   unknown Baulé   Wood  20th century  2016.14.68 
Comb   unknown Baulé   Wood  20th century  2016.14.69 
Potomowaka (Slingshot)   unknown Baulé   Wood  20th century  2016.14.134 
Bead     Copper Alloy  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.113 
Brass Bell     Copper Alloy Metal    2016.14.129 
Brass Bowl     Copper Alloy Metal    2016.14.127 
Brass Cup     Copper Alloy Metal    2016.14.109 
Brass Ring     Copper Alloy Metal    2016.14.130 
Chief's Chair   unknown Mandingo   Wood, tin, nails  Mid 20th century  2016.14.1 
Coins     Metal    2016.14.110 
Dan Brass Bell   unknown Dan   Copper Alloy Metal  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.124 
Dan Brass Bell   unknown Dan   Copper Alloy Metal  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.125 
Dan Brass Bell   unknown Dan   Copper Alloy Metal  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.126 
Dan Cloth Stamp   unknown Dan   Wood  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.136 
Deangle Face Mask   unknown Mano   Wood, Cowrie Shells, Metal, Fiber  20th century  2016.14.24 
Doll   unknown Liberian   Wood, cotton, styrofoam, paint  Late 20th century  2016.14.48 
Doll     Wood, cotton  20th century  2016.14.49 
Ere Ibeji (Twin Figure)   Falade Family   Carved wood with pigment, Metal tack, Beads  Late19th century - Mid 20th century  2016.14.77 
Ere Ibeji (Twin Figure)   Falade Family   Carved wood with pigment  Late19th century - Mid 20th century  2016.14.78 
Fante Cloth   unknown Ghanaian   Cotton  Late 20th century  2016.14.6 
Female Kongo Reliquary Figurine   unknown Congolese (Democratic Republic of Congo)   Wood  Late19th century - Mid 20th century  2016.14.141 
Forowa (Lidded Vessel)   unknown Ghanaian   Copper Alloy Metal  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.81 
Gonde Sande Mask     Carved wood  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.21 
Gourd Rattle   unknown Dan   Gourd  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.85 
Degeï (Toro) (Heddle Pulley)   unknown Dogon   Carved and incised wood  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.76 
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