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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/195467

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Title Artist Medium & Support Creation Date Accession Number
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 
Loma Iron Bell   unknown Loma   Iron  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.131 
Mano Janus-faced Ke-Die (Stela)   unknown Mano   Wood  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.135 
Dan Cloth Stamp   unknown Dan   Wood  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.136 
Divination Pestle   unknown Temne   Wood  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.137 
Mano Janus-faced Ke-Die (Stela)   unknown Mano   Wood  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.139 
Figure   unknown Akan   Wood, Paint  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.140 
Wakemia or Wunkirmian (Ceremonial Ladle)   unknown Dan   Wood  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.142 
Wakemia or Wunkirmian (Ceremonial Ladle)   unknown Dan   Wood  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.143 
Wakemia or Wunkirmian (Ceremonial Ladle)   unknown Dan   Wood  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.145 
Wakemia or Wunkirmian (Ceremonial Ladle)   unknown Dan   Wood  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.146 
Awale (Sowing Game)   unknown Liberian   Wood  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.147-2016.14.148 
Kpokpogi (Circular Stool)   unknown Loma   Wood  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.149 
Amulet Vessel   unknown Mende   Horn, Metal  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.150 
Amulet Vessel   unknown Mende   Horn, Metal  19th century - 20th century  2016.14.151 
Olla (Jar)   Martinez, Maria   Clay  20th century  2000.4.1 
Sande Society Sowei Helmet Mask   unknown Mende   Carved wood  20th century  2016.14.9 
Sande Society Zooba Helmet Mask   unknown Vai   Carved wood, metal, dyed raffia  20th century  2016.14.11 
Sande Society Sowei Helmet Mask   unknown Mende   Carved wood  20th century  2016.14.12 
Sande Society Sowei Helmet Mask   unknown Sherbro (Mande)   Carved wood  20th century  2016.14.13 
Sande Society Gonde Helmet Mask   unknown Mende   Carved wood, dyed raffia, kaolin  20th century  2016.14.14 
Sande Society Sowei Helmet Mask   unknown Mende   Carved wood  20th century  2016.14.15 
Sande Society Zooba Helmet Mask   unknown Vai   Carved wood  20th century  2016.14.16 
Sande Society Zooba Helmet Mask   unknown Vai   Carved wood, dyed raffia  20th century  2016.14.17 
Janus-Faced Sande Society Sowei Helmet Mask   unknown Sherbro (Mande)   Carved wood  20th century  2016.14.18 
Sande Society Zooba Helmet Mask   unknown Vai   Carved wood, dyed raffia  20th century  2016.14.19 
Sande Society Sowei Helmet Mask   unknown Mende   Carved wood, dyed raffia  20th century  2016.14.20 
Poro Society Gola Gbetu Mask   unknown Gola (West Atlantic)   carved wood, raffia  20th century  2016.14.22 
Poro Society Gola Gbetu Mask   unknown Gola (West Atlantic)   Carved wood  20th century  2016.14.23 
Deangle Face Mask   unknown Mano   Wood, Cowrie Shells, Metal, Fiber  20th century  2016.14.24 
Kagle (Animal Mask)   unknown Krahn   Carved wood, metal  20th century  2016.14.25 
Toy Bus   unknown Liberian   vegetable fiber  20th century  2016.14.43 
Doll     Wood, cotton  20th century  2016.14.49 
Malian Strip Woven Cloth with Supplementary Weft and Embroidery   unknown Malian   Wool  20th century  2016.14.55 
Korhogo Mud Cloth   unknown Senufo   Cotton fiber  20th century  2016.14.56 
Kente Cloth   unknown Akan   Textile  20th century  2016.14.58 
Tuareg Hairpin   unknown Tuareg   Wood  20th century  2016.14.61 
Akan Comb   unknown Akan   Wood  20th century  2016.14.62 
Akan Comb   unknown Akan   Wood  20th century  2016.14.63 
Comb   unknown Baulé   Wood  20th century  2016.14.64 
Akan Comb   unknown Akan   Wood  20th century  2016.14.65 
Comb   unknown Baulé   Wood  20th century  2016.14.66 
Akan Comb   unknown Akan   Wood  20th century  2016.14.67 
Comb   unknown Baulé   Wood  20th century  2016.14.68 
Comb   unknown Baulé   Wood  20th century  2016.14.69 
Akan Comb   unknown Akan   Wood  20th century  2016.14.70 
Krahn Hairpin   unknown Krahn   Wood  20th century  2016.14.71 
Hairpin   unknown Akan   Wood, metal  20th century  2016.14.72 
Side-blown Trumpet with Lizard Imagery   unknown Liberian   Horn or Ivory  20th century  2016.14.98 
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