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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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Toy Motorcycle

unknown West African
Recycled Metal, Rubber

Accession Number: 2016.14.51
20th century West Africa West African, African

Toy Plow Truck

Saarenald T. S. Yaawaisan
Recycled materials including flip flops and wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.34
20th century Liberia West Africa African, Liberian

Toy Tank

Saarenald T. S. Yaawaisan
Recycled materials including flip flops and wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.29
20th century Liberia West Africa African, Liberian

Toy Tank

Saarenald T. S. Yaawaisan
Recycled materials including flip flops and wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.39
20th century Liberia West Africa African, Liberian

Toy Tow Truck

Saarenald T. S. Yaawaisan
Recycled materials including flip flops and wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.40
20th century Liberia West Africa African, Liberian

Toy Tricycle

unknown West African
Metal, wire

Accession Number: 2016.14.53
20th century West Africa West African, African

Toy Truck

Saarenald T. S. Yaawaisan
Recycled materials including flip flops and wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.28
20th century Liberia West Africa African, Liberian

Toy Truck

Saarenald T. S. Yaawaisan
Recycled materials including flip flops and wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.31
20th century Liberia West Africa African, Liberian

Toy Truck

unknown West African
Metal, Flip-Flops, Paint

Accession Number: 2016.14.50
20th century West Africa West African, African

Toy Vehicle

Saarenald T. S. Yaawaisan
Recycled materials including flip flops and wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.30
20th century Liberia West Africa African, Liberian

Toy Vehicle

Saarenald T. S. Yaawaisan
Recycled materials including flip flops and wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.35
20th century Liberia West Africa African, Liberian

Tuareg Bowl

unknown Tuareg
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.87
19th century, 20th century West Africa Tuareg, West African, African

Tuareg Hairpin

unknown Tuareg
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.61
20th century West Africa Tuareg, West African, African

Tuareg Knife and Sheath

unknown Tuareg
Metal, Fiber

Accession Number: 2016.14.83.a-b
19th century, 20th century Tuareg, African

Wakemia or Wunkirmian (Ceremonial Ladle)

unknown Dan
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.88
19th century, 20th century Côte d'Ivoire or Liberia West Africa Dan, Ivorian or Liberian, West African, African

Wakemia or Wunkirmian (Ceremonial Ladle)

unknown Dan
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.89
19th century, 20th century Côte d'Ivoire or Liberia West Africa Dan, Ivorian or Liberian, West African, African

Wakemia or Wunkirmian (Ceremonial Ladle)

unknown Dan
Wood, Paint

Accession Number: 2016.14.90
19th century, 20th century Côte d'Ivoire or Liberia West Africa Dan, Ivorian or Liberian, West African, African

Wakemia or Wunkirmian (Ceremonial Ladle)

unknown Dan
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.91
19th century, 20th century Côte d'Ivoire or Liberia West Africa Dan, Ivorian or Liberian, West African, African

Wakemia or Wunkirmian (Ceremonial Ladle)

unknown Dan
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.142
19th century, 20th century Côte d'Ivoire or Liberia West Africa Dan, Ivorian or Liberian, West African, African

Wakemia or Wunkirmian (Ceremonial Ladle)

unknown Dan
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.143
19th century, 20th century Côte d'Ivoire or Liberia West Africa Dan, Ivorian or Liberian, West African, African

Wakemia or Wunkirmian (Ceremonial Ladle)

unknown Dan
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.144
20th century Côte d'Ivoire or Liberia West Africa Dan, Ivorian or Liberian, West African, African

Wakemia or Wunkirmian (Ceremonial Ladle)

unknown Dan
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.145
19th century, 20th century Côte d'Ivoire or Liberia West Africa Dan, Ivorian or Liberian, West African, African

Wakemia or Wunkirmian (Ceremonial Ladle)

unknown Dan
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.146
19th century, 20th century Côte d'Ivoire or Liberia West Africa Dan, Ivorian or Liberian, West African, African

Bowl


Ceramic

Accession Number: 2016.14.79

Wooden Statue of a Woman


Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.133.a-b

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