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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.

Bookmark: http://triarte.brynmawr.edu/objects-1/info/195445

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Title Artist Medium & Support Creation Date Accession Number
Flute/Whistle   unknown Kuba (Congolese)   Wood  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.103 
Toy Bus   unknown Liberian   vegetable fiber  20th century  2016.14.43 
Doll   unknown Liberian   Wood, cotton, styrofoam, paint  Late 20th century  2016.14.48 
Side-blown Trumpet with Lizard Imagery   unknown Liberian   Horn or Ivory  20th century  2016.14.98 
Side-blown Ivory Trumpet   unknown Liberian   Ivory  20th century  2016.14.102 
Baby Carrier   unknown Liberian   Wood, Fiber  1970's  2016.14.107 
Baby Carrier   unknown Liberian   Wood  1970's  2016.14.108 
Awale (Sowing Game)   unknown Liberian   Wood  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.147-2016.14.148 
Loma Gourd Rattle   unknown Loma   Gourd, Fiber, Seeds  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.105.a-b 
Saa Saa (Gourd Rattle)   unknown Loma   Gourd, Fiber, Seeds  ca. 1981  2016.14.106.a-b 
Kissi Pennies   unknown Loma   Iron  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.111.a-w 
Loma Iron Bell   unknown Loma   Iron  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.131 
Kpokpogi (Circular Stool)   unknown Loma   Wood  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.149 
Malian Strip Woven Cloth with Supplementary Weft and Embroidery   unknown Malian   Wool  20th century  2016.14.55 
Spindle Whorl Bead   unknown Malian   Clay  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.112 
Spindle Whorl Bead   unknown Malian   Clay  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.114 
Spindle Whorl Bead   unknown Malian   Clay  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.115 
Spindle Whorl Bead   unknown Malian   Clay  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.116 
Spindle Whorl Bead   unknown Malian   Clay  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.117 
Chief's Chair   unknown Mandingo   Wood, tin, nails  Mid 20th century  2016.14.1 
Mandingo Flintlock Pistol   unknown Mandingo   Metal, Wood, Cloth  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.82 
Deangle Face Mask   unknown Mano   Wood, Cowrie Shells, Metal, Fiber  20th century  2016.14.24 
Ke-Die (Figure) of a Woman   unknown Mano   Wood  Likely 20th century  2016.14.133.a-b 
Mano Janus-faced Ke-Die (Stela)   unknown Mano   Wood  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.135 
Mano Janus-faced Ke-Die (Stela)   unknown Mano   Wood  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.139 
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