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Avery Research Center Artifact Collection

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Ceremonial knife
Ceremonial knife Ceremonial knife used in a wedding exchange; curved metal blade with three holes, wooden handle with decorative metal wrap near the blade; origin Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), Mangbetu people.
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Carved wooden figure
Carved wooden figure Wooden male fetish figure, hands joined together under chin, helmet-like head covering, rectangular box cut into center; origin Epulu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire).
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Ancestor board
Ancestor board Oval ancestoral or spirit board with abstract designs. Ancestor boards are kept in men's ceremonial houses and can represent personal spirits or simply be used for decoration. Origin Papua New Guinea.
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Wooden mask
Wooden mask Wooden ceremonial mask made for the Bwadi ya Kifwebe association, a group that polices social behavior and neutralizes disruptive elements within the Luba people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The masks are worn in a variety of ceremonies.
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Carved wooden figure
Carved wooden figure Wooden figure with both animal and human features, bowl-shaped headpiece; wood is soft, appears to be a fetish figure; origin Ndaka people, Ituri forest, Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire).
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Wooden mask
Wooden mask Tall wooden mask in the shape of a plunging bird with a broad tail. Probable origin is the Mossi people of Burkina Faso.
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Metal face mask
Metal face mask N'domo mask used in the second of seven initiation rituals for boys of the Bambara people of Mali. The decorated vertical wooden posts represent the wisdom of the cosmos and the long nose symbolizes vitality.
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Wooden shield
Wooden shield Wooden shield for ceremonial purposes (possibly of the Asmat people). It is carved from a light weight wood. Origin Papua New Guinea.
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Raffia mask
Raffia mask Mask used during the performance of tambuan (or tumbuan) dances. It is woven from raffia and and has a beak, cross-hatched crown, circular eyes, and reeds projecting from circular ear rings. Origin Papua New Guinea.
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Wooden mask
Wooden mask Wooden African mask decorated with cowrie shells and coins. Origin is either the Dan people or Guro people of Cote d'Ivoire.
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Doll
Doll Raffia doll in a ceremonial Sierra Leonian costume, holding the country's flag in one hand and a stick in the other. There is a round mirror on the front and back of the mask.
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Wooden mask
Wooden mask Wooden mask with four prongs. Origin Liberia.
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Wooden mask
Wooden mask Dark, heavy wooden mask with horns and a helmet. The face appears to be surrounded by an animal's mane. Origin Liberia
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Wooden mask
Wooden mask Large dark brown wooden mask with raffia mane or hair. Origin Liberia.
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Spear
Spear West African spear decorated with wood-burned design, strips of leather, and raffia wrap. Can be disassembled.
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Dyed bogolan
Dyed bogolan Cloth depicting masks from three different West African peoples.
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Small ritual staff
Small ritual staff Small ritual metal staff with two prongs, a twisted neck, and a pointed end on the handle.
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Double-headed metal staff
Double-headed metal staff Double-headed metal staff with a long wooden handle; has the appearance of an animal with a beak and a long tail.
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Wooden mask
Wooden mask Tall wooden mask with a rectangular box for the head. The top portion depicts a female figure below a perched bird with a downward thrusting arrow. Origin is either Dogon or Mossi people of Burkina Faso.
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Wooden mask
Wooden mask A wooden mask of polished black wood; origin Guro people of Cote d'Ivoire.