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1954-1989 (109)
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Art Objects -- Africa (37)
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Avery Research Center Artifact Collection

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Smoked ivory ornamental face mask
Smoked ivory ornamental face mask Smoked ivory ornamental face mask, mouth has five carved pointed teeth; origin Epulu (Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly Zaire), but is a replica of masks created by the Dan people of Cote d'Ivoire.
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Smoked ivory ornamental face mask
Smoked ivory ornamental face mask Smoked ivory ornamental face mask, mouth is wide oval, eyes are a rectangle; origin Epulu (Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly Zaire), but is a replica of masks created by the Dan people of Cote d'Ivoire.
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Lukembi
Lukembi Twelve-note sound box, also known as thumb piano, board piano, lukembi, or kalimba; wooden with keys made from spoon handles, bicycle spikes, or metal keys hammered to the desired shape; keys plucked with thumb and fingers; one hole on base and one on back; one key has a coil wrap; crudely decorated with lines and scratch-like marks on back; origin Ngwanda people of Central Africa.
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Wooden slit gong
Wooden slit gong Wooden slit gong with design carved on top; origin Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bira people. Initials "KO KO" burned into one side.
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Rectangular wooden gong
Rectangular wooden gong Rectangular gong; two pieces of wood fastened together with a glue-like substance; opening on one side, wood bows out on front and back, and top and bottom edges are jagged; origin Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mbo people.
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Kingele pallet bell
Kingele pallet bell Metal kingele pallet bell used by dancers in the nkumbi initiation ritual of the Mbo people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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Wooden mask
Wooden mask Wooden face mask with red horns, straw beard, holes for the eyes, and white painted designs; origin Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ndaka people.
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Trumpet
Trumpet Wooden side-blown trumpet bound with band of crocodile skin, small hole for hanging; origin Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mbo people.
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Lukembi
Lukembi Sixteen-note sound box, also known as board piano or thumb piano and lukembi, likembe, or kalimba; wooden with keys made from spoon handles, bicycle spikes, or metal keys hammered to the desired shape; keys plucked with thumb and fingers; two holes under the keys and some decoration on the side; inscription "RUMBA OPIKA MIE LEON L24B1954.BUNIA"; origin Bira people of the Ituri rainforest.
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Lukembi
Lukembi Twelve-note sound box, also known as thumb piano, board piano, lukembi, or kalimba; wooden with keys made from spoon handles, bicycle spikes, or metal keys hammered to the desired shape; keys plucked with thumb and fingers; two holes on bottom and one on back; crudely decorated with lines and scratch-like marks; origin Lese people of the Ituri rainforest.
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Lukembi
Lukembi Ten-note barrel-shaped sound box, also known as board piano or thumb piano and lukembi, likembe, or kalimba; wooden with keys made from spoon handles, bicycle spikes, or metal keys hammered to the desired shape; keys plucked with thumb and fingers; open at top and closed at bottom; one hole in bottom and one on back; semi-circular red markings on sides and top, rectangles etched on sides; metal wrapped around keys; origin Bira people of the Ituri rainforest.
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Lukembi
Lukembi Ten-note barrel-shaped sound box, also known as board piano or thumb piano and lukembi, likembe, or kalimba; wooden with keys made from spoon handles, bicycle spikes, or metal keys hammered to the desired shape; keys plucked with thumb and fingers; very decorated; bottom has hole with eleven additional holes encircling it; inscription "CT" and "CP11D" carved into back of wood; origin Ndaka people of the Ituri rainforest.
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Wooden Ndaka mask
Wooden Ndaka mask Wooden face decorated with white paint, straw beard, nose holes; face has white dots, outlined nose and lips with lines in the forehead area; string attached through holes in the back; origin Ndaka people of the Ituri rainforest.
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Wooden Ndaka mask
Wooden Ndaka mask Wooden face mask decorated with white, blue, and red paint; mouth carved in an oval, eyes have triangular lids with blue dots, chin has blue dots, cheeks have red and white dots, forehead has blue dots and white V-lines, straw beard; string attached to two nails in back; origin Ndaka people of the Ituri rainforest.
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Wooden Ndaka mask
Wooden Ndaka mask Wooden face decorated with white paint, straw beard, nose holes; face has white dots, outlined nose and lips; carved crown decorated with white strips; string attached through holes in the back; origin Ndaka people of the Ituri rainforest.
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Wooden Ndaka mask
Wooden Ndaka mask Wooden face mask decorated with white paint and straw beard; chin and cheeks have cobweb design, eyes are small triangles, elongated nose, forehead has horizontal dashes, headpiece has vertical white lines; broken string attached to one nail, straw attached through two small holes; origin Ndaka people of the Ituri rainforest.
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Wooden mask
Wooden mask Wooden initation doctor's mask with beard; ears, eyes, nose, and mouth all have holes; eyebrows carved down to the mouth in a series of reverse S's creating cheek bones; touched the nose is a carved vertical band; ears protude inward to eyes; faded white dots over entire face.
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Ivory hair pin
Ivory hair pin Ivory hairpin, curved with a pointed tip on one end and the other a carved head of a woman; hair is that of a Mangbetu woman, decoration on torso.
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Harp
Harp Miniature five-string harp with wooden arm and base; base covered with skin that has been nailed down, arm has leopard type decoration, base has markings, hole cut out on top of base; origin Mangbetu people of the Ituri forest.
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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).