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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

Akan Comb

unknown Akan
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.62
20th century Ghana West Africa Akan, Ghanaian, West African, African

Akan Comb

unknown Akan
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.63
20th century Ghana West Africa Akan, Ghanaian, West African, African

Akan Comb

unknown Akan
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.65
20th century Ghana West Africa Akan, Ghanaian, West African, African

Akan Comb

unknown Akan
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.67
20th century Ghana West Africa Akan, Ghanaian, West African, African

Akan Comb

unknown Akan
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.70
20th century Ghana West Africa Akan, Ghanaian, West African, African

Figure

unknown Akan
Wood, Paint

Accession Number: 2016.14.140
19th century, 20th century Ghana West Africa Akan, Ghanaian, West African, African

Genre Scene

unknown Akan
Copper Alloy

Accession Number: 2016.14.3
20th century Ghana West Africa African, Akan

Gold Weight

unknown Akan
Copper Alloy

Accession Number: 2016.14.123
19th century, 20th century Ghana West Africa Akan, Ghanaian, West African, African

Gold Weight of a Chief's Stool

unknown Akan
Copper Alloy

Accession Number: 2016.14.74
20th century Ghana West Africa Akan, Ghanaian, West African, African

Gold Weight of an Asipim

unknown Akan
Copper Alloy

Accession Number: 2016.14.73
20th century Ghana West Africa Akan, Ghanaian, West African, African

Gold Weight with Human Figures Surmounted by Ceremonial Swords, Stool and Pangolin

unknown Akan
Copper Alloy

Accession Number: 2016.14.75
20th century Ghana West Africa Akan, Ghanaian, West African, African

Hairpin

unknown Akan
Wood, metal

Accession Number: 2016.14.72
20th century Ghana West Africa Akan, Asante, Ghanaian, 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

Awale (Sowing Game)

unknown Liberian
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.147-2016.14.148
19th century, 20th century Liberia West Africa Liberian, West African, African

Baby Carrier

unknown Liberian
Wood, Fiber

Accession Number: 2016.14.107
20th century Liberia West Africa Liberian, West African, African

Baby Carrier

unknown Liberian
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.108
20th century Liberia West Africa Liberian, West African, African

3 Stem Stand with Head Finials

unknown Bamana
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.95
20th century West Africa Bambara

Comb

unknown Baulé
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.64
20th century Côte d'Ivoire West Africa Baulé, Akan, Ivorian, West African, African

Comb

unknown Baulé
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.66
20th century Côte d'Ivoire West Africa Baulé, Akan, Ivorian, West African, African

Comb

unknown Baulé
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.68
20th century Côte d'Ivoire West Africa Baulé, Akan, Ivorian, West African, African

Comb

unknown Baulé
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.69
20th century Côte d'Ivoire West Africa Baulé, Akan, Ivorian, West African, African

Potomowaka (Slingshot)

unknown Baulé
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.134
20th century Côte d'Ivoire West Africa Baulé, Ivorian, West African, African

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

Chief's Chair

unknown Mandingo
Wood, tin, nails

Accession Number: 2016.14.1
20th century Guinea West Africa Mandingo, Guinean, West African, African

Coins


Metal

Accession Number: 2016.14.110

Dan Brass Bell

unknown Dan
Copper Alloy Metal

Accession Number: 2016.14.124
19th century, 20th century Côte d'Ivoire or Liberia West Africa Dan, Ivorian or Liberian, West African, African

Dan Brass Bell

unknown Dan
Copper Alloy Metal

Accession Number: 2016.14.125
19th century, 20th century Côte d'Ivoire or Liberia West Africa Dan, Ivorian or Liberian, West African, African

Dan Brass Bell

unknown Dan
Copper Alloy Metal

Accession Number: 2016.14.126
19th century, 20th century Côte d'Ivoire or Liberia West Africa Dan, Ivorian or Liberian, West African, African

Dan Cloth Stamp

unknown Dan
Wood

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

Deangle Face Mask

unknown Mano
Wood, Cowrie Shells, Metal, Fiber

Accession Number: 2016.14.24
20th century Liberia West Africa Dan, Ivorian, West African, African

Doll

unknown Liberian
Wood, cotton, styrofoam, paint

Accession Number: 2016.14.48
20th century Liberia West African Liberian, West African, African

Doll


Wood, cotton

Accession Number: 2016.14.49
20th century African

Ere Ibeji (Twin Figure)

Falade Family
Carved wood with pigment, Metal tack, Beads

Accession Number: 2016.14.77
19th century, 20th century Nigeria West Africa Oyo, Yoruba, Iseyin, Nigerian, West African, African

Ere Ibeji (Twin Figure)

Falade Family
Carved wood with pigment

Accession Number: 2016.14.78
19th century, 20th century Nigeria West Africa Oyo, Yoruba, Iseyin, Nigerian, West African, African

Fante Cloth

unknown Ghanaian
Cotton

Accession Number: 2016.14.6
20th century Ghana West Africa Fante, Ghanaian, West African, African

Female Kongo Reliquary Figurine

unknown Congolese (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.141
19th century, 20th century Democratic Republic of the Congo Central Africa Kongo, Congolese, Central African, African

Forowa (Lidded Vessel)

unknown Ghanaian
Copper Alloy Metal

Accession Number: 2016.14.81
19th century, 20th century Ghana West Africa Ghanaian, West African, African

Gonde Sande Mask


Carved wood

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

Gourd Rattle

unknown Dan
Gourd

Accession Number: 2016.14.85
19th century, 20th century West Africa Dan

Degeï (Toro) (Heddle Pulley)

unknown Dogon
Carved and incised wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.76
19th century, 20th century Mali West Africa Dogon, Malian, West African, African

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