Avery Research Center Artifact Collection
1. 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). 2. 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). 3. Brass Radha statue Brass statue of Radha, origin Varanasi (Benares). 4. Butter lamp Brass bowl lamp, nailed to a snake-shaped base; used by Buddhists to burn clarified yak butter, believed to aid in meditation; origin North India. 5. Butter lamp Hanging brass butter lamp attached to chain; used by Buddhists to burn clarified yak butter, believed to aid in meditation; origin Varanasi (Benares). 6. Butter lamp Brass butter lamp with the number 24 stamped into base; used by Buddhists to burn clarified yak butter, believed to aid in meditation; origin Varanasi (Benares). 7. Brass figure Brass figurine of the Hindu goddess Durga standing on decorated platform. 8. Brass wick holder Hindu wick holder for a butter lamp; one circular holder surrounded by five teardrop-shaped holders, serpent-shaped handle; origin North India. 9. Ritual stick Twisted wooden stick considered ritually powerful because of charm. 10. Ritual stick A basket tree stick used as a ritual status symbol, origin Epulu region of the Ituri rainforest. 11. Ritual stick Intricately woven basket tree stick used as a ritual symbol. 12. Straw trivet Orange and natural colored woven round, flat straw object resembling a trivet; no decoration on bottom; possible origin Uganda (weaving pattern resembles objects from Uganda). 13. Brass Krishna statue Brass statue of Krishna on a square base; origin Varanasi (Benares). 14. Brass Krishna statue Brass statue of Krishna crawling as a child; face and head piece highly stylized. 15. Shrine artifacts Objects from Colin Turnbull's personal shrine; four pieces of jewelry: two cowry shell necklaces, one necklace of seed beads, one bracelet of seed beads. 16. 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. 17. Metal face statuette A funerary statuette common among the Hongwe (Mahongwe), Kota (Bakota), and Fang people of Gabon. The statue is placed upon a box containing the remains of an ancestor and acts as the guardian of the reliquaries. 18. Female bronze statue Bronze statue of a female holding a child. The woman has markings on her skirt and is carrying a basket on her head. Origin Liberia. 19. Brass arm ornament An arm bangle with five star points containing metal balls that produce sound when shaken. Origin Liberia. 20. Brass arm ornament
An arm bangle decorated with six balls, each marked with a cross. The balls contain metal pieces that produce sound when shaken. Origin Liberia.