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Object Number: 37-22-279
Current Location: Imagine Africa
Currently On Display
Culture:Sherbro
Bolom
Provenience: Sierra Leone
Sherbro Island
Bawngge
Section:African
Materials:Wood
Aluminum
Iconography:Woman
Height: 45cm
Outside Diameter:22cm
Credit Line:Expedition to Sierra Leone, West Africa; Henry Usher Hall, 1937
Other Number264 - Other Number

Description

Half-length figure of a girl carved in one piece with a shallow bowl from which the torso rises. The head is of the general type of the Bondo masks. The coiffure consists mainly of a triple crest flanked by two lobes. Round the base of this upper portion of the coiffure are looped two narrow strips of aluminum, meeting in front and behind. There are 3 uninterrupted "neck rings" (see 37-22-268). the arms are bent at the elbow, the hands (four-fingered) held against the midriff. Two trianglar pieces of aluminum are tied to the perforated ear lobes. A crescent-shaped piece of the same metal is fastened between the breasts.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Evocative Images: African Sculpture from the University Museum (Traveling version of "African Sculpture from the University Museum") ( Sep 1988 - Apr 1990)View Objects in Exhibition
African Sculpture from the University Museum (22 Nov 1986 - 08 Feb 1987)View Objects in Exhibition
Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum (18 Sep 2011)View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Book] Blackmun Visona, Monica. 2001. A History of Art in Africa. : Page/Fig./Plate: 168, 181View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue] LaGamma, Alisa. 2000. Art and Oracle: African Art and Rituals of Divination. : Page/Fig./Plate: 27-28View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue] Plass, Margaret. 1957. African Negro Sculpture: A Walk Through the Gallery. : Page/Fig./Plate: 24View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue] Plass, Margaret B. 1956. African Tribal Sculpture. : Page/Fig./Plate: 18View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue, Exhibition] Wingert, Paul S. 1948. African Negro Sculpture. : Page/Fig./Plate: Page 36View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue, Exhibition] Wingert, Paul S. 1948. African Negro Sculpture.View Objects cited in this Publication

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