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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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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

Loma Iron Bell

unknown Loma
Iron

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

Mano Janus-faced Ke-Die (Stela)

unknown Mano
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.135
19th century, 20th century Liberia West Africa Mano, Liberian, West African, African

Dan Cloth Stamp

unknown Dan
Wood

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

Divination Pestle

unknown Temne
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.137
19th century, 20th century Sierra Leone West Africa Temne, Sierra Leonean, West African, African

Mano Janus-faced Ke-Die (Stela)

unknown Mano
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.139
19th century, 20th century Liberia West Africa Mano, Liberian, 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

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: 2016.14.145
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

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

Kpokpogi (Circular Stool)

unknown Loma
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.149
19th century, 20th century Republic of Guinea West Africa Toma, Loma, Guinean, West African, 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

Olla (Jar)

Maria Martinez
Clay

Accession Number: 2000.4.1
20th century United States Southwest Pueblo, San Ildefonso, Native American

Sande Society Sowei Helmet Mask

unknown Mende
Carved wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.9
20th century Sierra Leone West Africa Mende, Sierra Leonean, West African, African

Sande Society Zooba Helmet Mask

unknown Vai
Carved wood, metal, dyed raffia

Accession Number: 2016.14.11
20th century Liberia West Africa Vai, Liberian, West African, African

Sande Society Sowei Helmet Mask

unknown Mende
Carved wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.12
20th century Sierra Leone West Africa Mende, Sierra Leonean, West African, African

Sande Society Sowei Helmet Mask

unknown Sherbro (Mande)
Carved wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.13
20th century Sierra Leone West Africa Sherbro-Bullom, Sierra Leonean, West African, African

Sande Society Gonde Helmet Mask

unknown Mende
Carved wood, dyed raffia, kaolin

Accession Number: 2016.14.14
20th century Sierra Leone West Africa Mende, Sande, Sierra Leonean, West African, African

Sande Society Sowei Helmet Mask

unknown Mende
Carved wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.15
20th century Sierra Leone West Africa Mende, Sierra Leonean, West African, African

Sande Society Zooba Helmet Mask

unknown Vai
Carved wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.16
20th century Liberia or Sierra Leone West Africa Vai, Liberian or Sierra Leonean, West African, African

Sande Society Zooba Helmet Mask

unknown Vai
Carved wood, dyed raffia

Accession Number: 2016.14.17
20th century Sierra Leone West Africa Vai, Sierra Leonean, West African, African

Janus-Faced Sande Society Sowei Helmet Mask

unknown Sherbro (Mande)
Carved wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.18
20th century Sierra Leone West Africa Sherbro-Bullom, Sierra Leonean, West African, African

Sande Society Zooba Helmet Mask

unknown Vai
Carved wood, dyed raffia

Accession Number: 2016.14.19
20th century Liberia West Africa Vai, Liberian, West African, African

Sande Society Sowei Helmet Mask

unknown Mende
Carved wood, dyed raffia

Accession Number: 2016.14.20
20th century Sierra Leone West Africa Mende, Sierra Leonean, West African, African

Poro Society Gola Gbetu Mask

unknown Gola (West Atlantic)
carved wood, raffia

Accession Number: 2016.14.22
20th century Sierra Leone West Africa African, Gola

Poro Society Gola Gbetu Mask

unknown Gola (West Atlantic)
Carved wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.23
20th century Sierra Leone West Africa African, Gola

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

Kagle (Animal Mask)

unknown Krahn
Carved wood, metal

Accession Number: 2016.14.25
20th century Côte d'Ivoire or Liberia West Africa Krahn, Ivorian or Liberian, West African, African

Toy Bus

unknown Liberian
vegetable fiber

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

Doll


Wood, cotton

Accession Number: 2016.14.49
20th century African

Malian Strip Woven Cloth with Supplementary Weft and Embroidery

unknown Malian
Wool

Accession Number: 2016.14.55
20th century Mali West Africa African, Malian

Korhogo Mud Cloth

unknown Senufo
Cotton fiber

Accession Number: 2016.14.56
20th century Côte d'Ivoire West Africa Senufo, Ivorian, West African, African

Kente Cloth

unknown Akan
Textile

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

Tuareg Hairpin

unknown Tuareg
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.61
20th century West Africa Tuareg, 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

Comb

unknown Baulé
Wood

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

Akan Comb

unknown Akan
Wood

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

Akan Comb

unknown Akan
Wood

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

Akan Comb

unknown Akan
Wood

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

Krahn Hairpin

unknown Krahn
Wood

Accession Number: 2016.14.71
20th century Krahn, African

Hairpin

unknown Akan
Wood, metal

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

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