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Face mask

National Museum of African Art
Wood face mask of a male wearing a flat-top cap with a visor, circular raised scarification on the temples and rectangular bar scarification on the forehead. The mouth is open and the jaw is articulated, with several peg teeth, upturned nose and slit eyes. There is black pigmentation on the nose, lips and cap, with the rest of the face in white.

Weight

National Museum of African Art
Cast copper alloy figurative weight of two birds and six arches on a rectangular base. The two birds sit atop the end arches.

Crest mask

National Museum of African Art
Cap covered with abrus seeds with a detachable wood top pierced cylinder supporting inverted U "arms" and triangular "head," with traces of red pigment and rows of linear patterns.

Cloth strip

National Museum of African Art
Single cloth strip, folded and tied, with warp stripes in dark blue, white and light blue.

Face mask

National Museum of African Art
Face mask with movable jaw and European hat superstructure. The face is pigmented white with black hair, lips, eyebrows and accents.

Snuff container

National Museum of African Art
Vase shaped snuff container with a long bone neck, a dark wood body with inlaid aluminum dots and a lighter color wood base with a flat foot. The plug is a braided rope attached to a copper loop with gut. A long copper chain is attached to the loop.

Helmet mask

National Museum of African Art
Wood horizontal helmet mask with open jaws tapering to triangular lips, backward pointing horns and pierced eye holes. Upper lip ends in a point and the ears sweep back from the mouth. Overall encrusted surface.

Face mask

National Museum of African Art
Wood face mask in the form of a white colored female face with movable jaw and reed peg teeth. The mask has open slit eyes, black eyebrows and a rectangular mark on the central forehead, with a central part hairstyle with spiral tail on each side. The proper left braid is broken.

Burial cloth

National Museum of African Art
Two narrow silk panels hand-sewn together; natural off-white or light beige color with no decorative motifs or striping. The cloth has a rough, nubby texture, due in part to the fact that the "gum" from the mulberry silk was not washed off, and a looped fringe at either end.

Female figure

National Museum of African Art
Standing female figure on a round plinth with a white glass bead necklace and anklets.

Cap mask

National Museum of African Art
Cap mask composed of a wood face with protruding tubular blue eyes outlined in orange and with white pupils and a contracted jaw with vertical handle. The conical superstructure is fabricated with cloth stretched over an armature and adorned with blue, orange, yellow, green and white geometric patterns. The central spire supports three horizontal disks and the figure of a seated man with prominent hands in European garb.

Female figure

National Museum of African Art
Wood standing female figure in very dark shiny wood, with arms down, beads strung on fiber around her waist and knees, scarification on upper chest, stomach and arms and a cone shaped hairdo.

Crest mask of Buffalo

National Museum of African Art
Wooden horizontal crest mask in the form of a buffalo head, covered in glass beads sewn onto cloth. Beads are primarily blue tubular with red tubular inside the ears and nostrils; red and white seed beads form the eyes.

Mask

National Museum of African Art
Wood mask with round head with square eye holes, large ritual bundle and three part long open beak.

Female figure

National Museum of African Art
Standing female twin figure on a round base, with cowrie shells hanging from the left wrist, a cowrie shell anklet and a metal anklet.

Face mask

National Museum of African Art
Wood face mask representing an antelope with flat rectangular face broken by rectangular recesses, containing pierced rectangular eyes. The recesses are painted with red pigment and dotted with white, while the rest of the surface is encrusted grey-brown. The head is topped by two thick, slightly backward curving horns and long ovoid ears on the sides of the head. Proper right ear is partially broken off. Iron pin between ears.

Hat

National Museum of African Art
Flat, tapering raffia hat covered with black cotton material and embellished with cowries and glass beads in red around the base of the hat. Cowries also dangle from the base.

Weight

National Museum of African Art
Cast copper alloy figurative weight of two birds and six arches on rectangular base

Doll

National Museum of African Art
Beaded doll with round head and pink face, and a body made of stacked rings of white, blue, red, green and pink with white bead strand arms with four armlets per arm.

Face mask

National Museum of African Art
Wood face mask with flat face perpendicular to sides. Heart shaped face formed by raised black eyebrows connected to nose. White face with tiny slit eyes, red mouth outlined in downward turning black upper lip.

Hat

National Museum of African Art
Wide flared hat coated with red pigment with woven headband base.

Drift

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Whirligig in the form of a caricatured man swatting a bee

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A painted, wooden whirligig in the form of a caricatured man swatting a bumble bee. The man is standing on a dark, wooden block. He is depicted wearing a red jacket, black necktie, white shirt, yellow pants, and black boots. The tails of his jacket are made of red painted metal. A yellow top hat with a red band sits atop his head. He has a spherical head, painted black, with round white eyes and a large red and white mouth. He has large, round paddles for hands. His arms spin around to swat at a wooden bumble bee suspended from the top hat by a curved metal wire. The bee has a black head, black and yellow striped body, white wings, and a metal stinger. A card with handwritten text is tied around the man’s leg with tan cord. It reads [Limited Edition of / "Blackman Swatting Bee" / Inspired by an antique / whirligig in a private / collection. Artist Unknown / Midwest[…?] 1880. Made of / wood & Tin / Signed & Numbered #11/250]. The text on the back of the card reads [Whirligig makers often / attempted humor in / their pieces, for they / were intended to / amuse!].

Female figure

National Museum of African Art
Wood standing female figure with a long phallic hairstyle and arms at her sides holding gourds. The legs are missing below the knees.
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