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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: https://triarte.brynmawr.edu/prt-2278

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Kente Cloth

unknown Akan
Cotton, rayon

Accession Number: 2016.14.8
20th century Ghana West Africa Akan, Ghanaian, West African, African

Korhogo Mud Cloth with Zoomorphic Design

unknown Senufo
Cotton, Vegetal dyes

Accession Number: 2016.14.5
20th century Côte d'Ivoire West Africa Senufo, Ivorian, West African, African

Kuba Basket with Lid

unknown Kuba (Congolese)
Fiber

Accession Number: 2016.14.80
19th century, 20th century Democratic Republic of the Congo Central Africa Kuba, Congolese, Central African, African

Kente Cloth

unknown Akan
Fiber

Accession Number: 2016.14.93
20th century Ghana West Africa Akan, Ghanaian, West African, African

Gourd Rattle

unknown Dan
Gourd

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

Loma Gourd Rattle

unknown Loma
Gourd, Fiber, Seeds

Accession Number: 2016.14.105.a-b
19th century, 20th century Liberia West Africa Loma, Liberian, West African, African

Saa Saa (Gourd Rattle)

unknown Loma
Gourd, Fiber, Seeds

Accession Number: 2016.14.106.a-b
20th century Liberia West Africa Loma, Liberian, West African, African

Side-blown Trumpet with Lizard Imagery

unknown Liberian
Horn or Ivory

Accession Number: 2016.14.98
20th century Liberia West Africa Liberian, West African, African

Amulet Vessel

unknown Mende
Horn, Metal

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

Horn

unknown Temne
Horn, Metal

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

Amulet Vessel

unknown Mende
Horn, Metal

Accession Number: 2016.14.99
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

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

Africa, How Many Prices?

H. Wantue Major
Ink on paper

Accession Number: 2016.14.38
20th century 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

Kissi Pennies

unknown Loma
Iron

Accession Number: 2016.14.111.a-w
19th century, 20th century Liberia, Sierre Leone, Guinea West Africa Loma, Kissi, West African, African

Loma Iron Bell

unknown Loma
Iron

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

Side-blown Ivory Trumpet

unknown Liberian
Ivory

Accession Number: 2016.14.102
20th century Liberia West Africa Liberian, West African, African

Coins


Metal

Accession Number: 2016.14.110

Squared Bell


Metal

Accession Number: 2016.14.118.a-b

Tuareg Knife and Sheath

unknown Tuareg
Metal, Fiber

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

Toy Truck

unknown West African
Metal, Flip-Flops, Paint

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

Toy Bicycle

unknown West African
Metal, wire

Accession Number: 2016.14.52
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

Mandingo Flintlock Pistol

unknown Mandingo
Metal, Wood, Cloth

Accession Number: 2016.14.82
19th century, 20th century Guinea or Sierra Leone West Africa Mandingo, Guinean, Sierra Leonean, West African, African

Toy Car

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

Accession Number: 2016.14.26
20th century Liberia West Africa African, Liberian

Toy Boat with Helicopter

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

Accession Number: 2016.14.27
20th century Liberia West Africa African, Liberian

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 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 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 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 Bus

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

Accession Number: 2016.14.32
20th century Liberia West Africa African, Liberian

Toy Helicopter

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

Accession Number: 2016.14.33
20th century Liberia West Africa African, Liberian

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 Vehicle

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

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

Toy Helicopter with Ship

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

Accession Number: 2016.14.36
20th century Liberia West Africa African, Liberian

Toy Airplane

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

Accession Number: 2016.14.37
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 Helicopter

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

Accession Number: 2016.14.41
20th century Liberia West Africa African, Liberian

Toy Helicopter

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

Accession Number: 2016.14.42
20th century Liberia West Africa African, Liberian

Toy Motorcycle

unknown West African
Recycled Metal, Rubber

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

Kente Cloth

unknown Akan
Textile

Accession Number: 2016.14.57
Likely 20th Century Ghana West Africa Akan, Ghanaian, West African, African

Kente Cloth

unknown Akan
Textile

Accession Number: 2016.14.58
20th century Ghana West Africa Akan, Ghanaian, West African, African

Toy Bus

unknown Liberian
vegetable fiber

Accession Number: 2016.14.43
20th century Liberia West Africa Liberian, West African, African

Toy Elephant

unknown West African
Wire, recycled materials

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

The Butcher

Abdu K. Bako
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.44
20th century Liberia West Africa Liberian, West African, African

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