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  1. Helmet Mask

    The helmet is one of many worn by full Poro Society members at ceremonies for new initiates upon completion of their training. Many masks have cowrie shell decoration. The horns represent those of a buffalo, a symbol of intellectual and physical perfection.

  2. Jar

    Vessels such as this were made by Pueblo women for commercial sale to collectors. They are "revivals" or copies of designs and shapes from ancient vessels made by the Anasazi people who lived in the area in ancient times.

  3. Burden Basket

    This basket form, in a slightly larger size, was used by the Apache as a burden basket. With an added shoulder strap, women would sling the baskets across their backs to hold firewood when out collecting. Baskets such as this were also used to collect berries. Cloth strips were characteristic of Apache burden baskets. Their function was to veil the wooden, structural supports, which this basket lacks; on this basket, the strips are purely decorative. The decorative intent of the basket maker is further revealed through the addition of bells to the exterior. The small size and elaborated decoration of...

  4. Figure (Mma)

    Southern Akan peoples make whole figures, heads, and seated figures as memorials to the deceased. Some are life-size, portraying royalty with wives and attendants; others are smaller. The figures are placed at gravesites as portraits and memorials and washed and repainted at yearly commemorations. Palm wine, pots, stools, clothing and other personal goods are also placed at graves. Ceramic figures are made by women.

  5. Pot (Uhkamba)

    Sorghum beer is an alcoholic drink and a nutritious food among the Zulu that assures domestic hospitality and social harmony, and commemorates the ancestors. Ukhamba, beer drinking and storage pots, are one of many shapes and sizes made by specialized female potters (other pots are made for food, milk, beer production, cooking and serving food). Potters sell their wares to neighbors.

    Clay for the pots is collected, allowed to dry, then finely ground and mixed with water to the proper consistency. The potter rolls the clay into long cylinders and forms a flat, coiled base. The sides are coiled up, then...

  6. Throwing Knife (Moko-Ndo)

    Throwing knives are shaped like weapons but are mostly worn or carried as prestige-status objects in ceremonials. Knives were also included as currency in marriage contracts and trading of goods. Similar throwing knives were produced by Ngbaka neighboring groups such as the Ngbandi, Mabo, Banja, and Togbo. In the savannah area, throwing knives reference hunting.

  7. Beaded Leather Bag

    This bag is not very traditional in form and probably was made recently for sale or trade. Since it has no means of hanging from a belt, it was probably made for personal use. The style of the beadwork is sort of a North American "international" style, meaning that many individual Indian groups have taken it up. It has none of the grace common in Great Lakes beadwork, so a Plateau attribution seems more likely.

  8. Beaded Pouch

    In the absence of pockets, small bags were fastened to belts for strike-a-light equipment, food ration tickets, daily necessities. Tanned deerskin, rectangular drawstring (through slits in skin), glass seed bead purses with geometric and floral designs were common as women's purses from 1890-present. Small bags were part of powwow dancing costumes. In the earliest bags only the design was beaded, not the background.

    This piece was produced for the curio trade. The use of the standing man motif is a direct response to white demand and is not traditional. These motifs, because of their popularity, were used by many North American...

  9. Pot

    This pot is probably for storing water or palm oil wine. The Nupe were conquered by the Muslim Fulani in the 19th century and their various crafts reflect both Fulani and Yoruba influences. Female potters use the inverted mold technique (a flat clay disk shaped over the base of an old inverted pot to form the base of the new pot). Wall grooves are both decorative and provide texture for safe handling. The domed base allows for stacking. A variety of cooking and storage pots are still made, although commercial wares are also available.

  10. Neck Ring (Cholwane)

    The Transvaal Ndebele are related to the Zulu, Swazi and Xhosa peoples. Northern groups of Ndebele live in Zimbabwe. Unmarried girls wear neck rings along with arm, leg, and waist rings. The arm, leg and waist rings are easily removed at the time of marriage, but the neck ring must be cut off. Girls typically wore several neck rings in the first half of the century, but larger, single rings of up to 10' became popular in the 1970's. Married women wear brass or copper neck rings, which often confer or denote prestige and status.

  11. Gauntlets

    White outlining and the floral designs are typical of Santee Sioux work; similar designs are also seen on Santee Sioux moccasins. The bilateral symmetry is common. The heavy glove type originated with cowboys, then was purchased and decorated by Indians for their own use and for sale.

  12. Gourd Bottle

    A utilitarian container, probably for carrying water. Many people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo make this type.

  13. Bead Apron

    A dance apron or skirt worn by Kirdi women at festivals. The best aprons are made by and commissioned from skilled bead workers. The aprons are meant to attract attention as well as to protect the wearer from bad luck. They are similar to the traditional bead cache sexe woven by Kindi women as a pubic covering. The Cameroon government now requires women to wear skirts, but cache sexe are still worn by some older women in mountain villages. The cache sexe are usually triangular with metal additions.

  14. Shield

    Oromo shields are carried by mounted warriors along with long spears. A shield is held with the center ridge in horizontal position - the warrior's forearm is placed through the high center handle with his fingers gripping transverse thongs in the flexible hide loop from center strap to rim. Similar shields are made by other Oromo groups such as the Arsi and Wabega.

  15. Ere Ibeji Dolls

    Pair of ere ibeji ("ere" = sacred figure, "ibeji" = twin), standing wooden female and male figures from the Oshogbo area of Yorubaland. The Yoruba people have the highest twin birthrate in the world. They consider twins to be propitious - twins are thought to bring spiritual and supernatural powers to assist in protecting family, happiness, health, and prosperity. They can also bring disaster and bad luck if they are not treated with respect, so live twins are spoiled, receiving the best food, clothing, and adornment.

    Upon the death of one or both twins, a figure or a pair of figures...

  16. Hat (Ashetu)

    The ashetu is a man's prestige hat worn at non-Islamic festivals. With its projecting burls on the sides, the hat recalls a once-common Grasslands style of wrapped, tufted hair. The burls are filled with wood plugs; in more elaborate versions of this hat, they are striped blue and tipped with red. Grasslands men are expected to wear a head covering in public with their daily dress as well as for festivals. Many styles of hat are worn.

  17. Pot

    A water storage pot for an altar inside or outside a Lobi house. Altars represent village "thila," protective spirits who direct life through the interpretations of the soothsayer. All sacred pots have lids to keep out impurities as well as the souls of the dead, who could cause trouble. Newborn babies are washed in water from these pots as protection. Other altar pots are for spirits, medicines and charms.

    All sacred water pots have added decoration as specified by a soothsayer. The bosses fight witchcraft and prevent illness and misfortune. The realistically represented chameleon that stands on the lid represents wealth....

  18. Bowl Cover (Imbenge)

    Imbenge are woven grass and/or fiber covers that are placed on Zulu beer pots as protection from dust and insects. The cover also serves as a food plate or as a rest for the beer skimmer or stirrer when the beer is served. The lids are often decorated with woven patterns or beads.

    Many forms of Zulu basketry are now obsolete, but imbenge are still made and used (today some are made of telephone wire). Men were traditionally the basket makers, but now they are made primarily by women.

  19. Headrest

    Headrests were given to young men after initiation as an indication of status and prestige. They were used to protect elaborate hairstyles and to elevate the head above dirt and away from insects during sleep, and were also used as stools. They were carried on journeys, and were valued personal property often passed on in families.

  20. Mancala Gameboard

    Wari is one of the oldest games in the world. It is a type of mancala, board games based on counting. It is played with a gameboard of 12 cups and a number of markers, usually made out of stone, shell, beans, of other small objects - but the simplest board can be made by digging hollows in the dirt. The object of the game is to win more game pieces than your opponent by redistributing the pieces according to rules. The game is thought to have originated in ancient Egypt. Versions are found in Asia as well as Africa.

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