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Statuette

Object Number:
37-22-279
Current Location:
Imagine Africa
Culture:
Sherbro
Bolom
Provenience:
Sierra Leone
Sherbro Island
Bawngge
Section:
African
Materials:
Wood
Aluminum
Iconography:
Woman
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.
Credit Line:
Museum Expedition to Sierra Leone, 1936-1937; Henry Usher Hall
Other Number:
264   -   Other Number

Current & Past Exhibitions:

African Sculpture from the University Museum (22 Nov 1986 - 08 Feb 1987)
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Evocative Images: African Sculpture from the University Museum (Traveling version of "African Sculpture from the University Museum") ( Sep 1988 - Apr 1990)
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Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum (18 Sep 2011 - Jan 2013)
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Bibliography:

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