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Twins in the Upper Guinea

By: H. U. Hall

Volume XIX / Number 4

FOR the present purpose, Upper Guinea may be taken, roughly, to mean the southern part of the westward extension of the African continent between the Cameroons and Senegambia, a territory which is peopled mainly by tribes in which the negro strain is either as nearly as possible unmixed or is predominant. From this part of […]


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A Large Drum From Benin

By: H. U. Hall

Volume XIX / Number 2

THIS large wooden drum from the kingdom of Benin was acquired by the UNIVERSITY MUSEUM several years ago and constitutes an important addition to the group of objects of modern workmanship which supplements interestingly the collection of antiquities from Benin. The drum is made of soft wood, evidently a large section of the trunk of […]


Two Masks From French Equatorial Africa

By: H. U. Hall

Volume XVIII / Number 4

THE masks figured here belong to a clearly defined West African type of which only a few examples are to be found in museums or in private collections. They were acquired recently by the UNIVERSITY MUSEUM, having formerly been included in a well-known private collection, now dispersed, in New York. Of the seven other masks […]


Dwarfs and Divinity in West Africa

By: H. U. Hall

Volume XVIII / Number 3

THIS grotesque figure in high relief on what remains of a small shieldlike bronze plaque has certain well marked characters which, clearly brought out in the two views published here, connect it with a small group of bronzes representing dwarfs such as are known to have been maintained at the court of the king of […]


Two Wooden Statuettes from French West Africa

By: H. U. Hall

Volume XVIII / Number 2

THE Museum has recently added to its collections representing the wood-sculpture of Upper Guinea several remarkable examples from French territory in or adjoining that region. Two of these are figured here and described, with some additional comment. I The statuette shown first is in several respects the more interesting, in that it exemplifies qualities which, […]


Two Wooden Statuettes From the Lower Congo

By: H. U. Hall

Volume XVIII / Number 1

I. A Nail Fetish from the Maritime Congo A REMARKABLE example of this class of fetishes, which is so characteristic of the maritime region of the Congo, especially of Loango, Mayombe, and Cabinda, was published in the MUSEUM JOURNAL for March, 1924. This more recently acquired specimen, though it shares the principal sculptural qualities of […]


An Ivory Standing Cup From Benin

By: Henry Usher Hall

Volume XVII / Number 4

The illustration on the opposite page shows an old carved ivory object, now in this Museum, from Great Benin, the famous Negro city and kingdom in West Africa. The entire height of the carving is 7½ inches and it represents a group of five figures supporting on their heads an ornamented cup or holder. In […]


Alfred Collins In The Congo

A Photographic Record Of Daily Life With Introduction And Notes

By: Henry Usher Hall

Volume XVII / Number 2

These notes were compiled from information kindly furnished to me by Mr. Collins and from such references as I could find in the writings of other travellers. The photographs have been selected from a series of several hundred made by Mr. Collins during his journey. The northeastern portion of the Belgian Congo is inhabited by […]


African Cups Embodying Human Forms

By: Henry Usher Hall

Volume XV / Number 3

I Among a number of small bronze objects in the University Museum, hitherto unpublished, from the old kingdom of Benin in the British dependency of Southern Nigeria is a fine casket or covered cup belonging to the later period of artistic Bini workmanship, when there had taken place a reversion from foreign influences of the […]


A Congo Fetish

Or Divining Image From the Coast Region

By: Henry Usher Hall

Volume XV / Number 1

This very interesting and important wooden statuette, of a class commonly referred to as nail fetishes for a reason which a glance at the illustration will make clear, has lately been acquired by the University Museum and is now on exhibition in the African room. The figure, about 32 inches in height, represents a man […]