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Avery Research Center Artifact Collection

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Shawl pin
Shawl pin Metal Tuareg shawl pin with intricate design on face and blank back; origin Mali.
Wood and metal mask
Wood and metal mask Wooden and metal mask from the Marka people used in circumcision rituals. Origin Mali.
Wooden stool
Wooden stool Wooden chief's stool decorated with four broad supports, each with two female figures, hands clasped over the stomach. The wood surface is treated with a white coloring agent. Origin Dogon people of Mali.
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.
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.