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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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H. Wantue Major
Ink on paper

Accession Number: 2016.14.38
20th century West African, African

Amulet Vessel

unknown Mende
Horn, Metal

Accession Number: 2016.14.96
19th century, 20th century West Africa Mende, West Africa, African

Amulet Vessel

unknown Mende
Horn, Metal

Accession Number: 2016.14.99
19th century, 20th century West Africa Mende, West Africa, African

Amulet Vessel

unknown Mende
Horn, Metal

Accession Number: 2016.14.101
19th century, 20th century West Africa Mende, West Africa, African

Amulet Vessel

unknown Mende
Horn, Metal

Accession Number: 2016.14.150
19th century, 20th century West Africa Mende, West Africa, African

Amulet Vessel

unknown Mende
Horn, Metal

Accession Number: 2016.14.151
19th century, 20th century West Africa Mende, West Africa, African

Amulet Vessel with Lizard Decoration

unknown Mende
Horn, Metal

Accession Number: 2016.14.100
19th century, 20th century West Africa Mende, West Africa, African

3 Stem Stand with Head Finials

unknown Bamana
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.95
20th century West Africa Bambara

Bead


Copper Alloy

Accession Number: 2016.14.113
19th century, 20th century West Africa West African, African

Brass Bell


Copper Alloy Metal

Accession Number: 2016.14.129

Brass Bowl


Copper Alloy Metal

Accession Number: 2016.14.127

Brass Cup


Copper Alloy Metal

Accession Number: 2016.14.109

Brass Ring


Copper Alloy Metal

Accession Number: 2016.14.130

Coins


Metal

Accession Number: 2016.14.110

Dan Cloth Stamp

unknown Dan
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.136
19th century, 20th century West Africa Dan

Doll


Wood, cotton

Accession Number: 2016.14.49
20th century African

Gonde Sande Mask


Carved wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.21
19th century, 20th century West Africa West African, African

Ink Drawing of a Helmet Mask

H. Wantue Major
Ink on paper

Accession Number: 2016.14.59

Ink Drawing of Helmet Mask (Three Views)

H. Wantue Major
Ink on paper

Accession Number: 2016.14.60

Krahn Hairpin

unknown Krahn
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.71
20th century Krahn, African

Loma Iron Bell

unknown Loma
Iron

Accession Number: 2016.14.131
19th century, 20th century West Africa Loma, West African, African

Small Brass Bowl


Copper Alloy Metal

Accession Number: 2016.14.128

Squared Bell


Metal

Accession Number: 2016.14.118.a-b

Horn

unknown Temne
Horn, Metal

Accession Number: 2016.14.97
19th century, 20th century West Africa Temne, West African, African

Toy Bicycle

unknown West African
Metal, wire

Accession Number: 2016.14.52
20th century West Africa West African, African

Toy Elephant

unknown West African
Wire, recycled materials

Accession Number: 2016.14.54
20th century West African West African, African

Toy Motorcycle

unknown West African
Recycled Metal, Rubber

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

Toy Tricycle

unknown West African
Metal, wire

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

Toy Truck

unknown West African
Metal, Flip-Flops, Paint

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

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

Bowl


Ceramic

Accession Number: 2016.14.79

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