Bill Blair Exhibit 2019

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Catalog # Name Description
1 2006.13.0007 Door latch Wooden door latch. Latch is in a tobacco pipe shape and made to fit in door piece. At the top of the latch is the carving of a human, with the body being the piece that attaches to the door. The body of the human has two holes, one at the chest and one near the bottom and a circular protrusion in the center. 2006.13.0007 (Door latch) image
2 2007.3.0005 Mask Songye male Kifwebe mask with no crest and a flattened face. The mouth is a wide, large "X" shape. Narrow stripes curve around mask. The eyes are rimmed in black and extends from outside corner to back of mask on both sides. Large rounded skull and forehead with stripes curving up and meeting at the top of the mask. Paint is worn and missing in areas. 2007.3.0005 (Mask) image
3 2007.3.0007 Mask Kpeliye'e masks of the Senufo people. Large hornbill bird on top of mask. Oblong shaped ears. Triangle shape jutting from temples and jaw area. Three raised bumps on forehead. Raised oblong circles near nose. Scarification on mask. Legs extending on either side of chin. Teeth barred. Small protrusion under lower lip. Hornbill bird has triangular shapes carved on tail. Piece of wood broken off top of mask on rim. Wood is dirty, discolored from oil and mud. Dings and scratches in wood. 2007.3.0007 (Mask) image
4 2007.3.0010 Mask Male Kifwebe mask. White narrow striations with smooth black sections. Small crest on forehead. Small square mouth with center circle. Eyelids are very narrow and curve upward. Prominent eye brows. Many circles carved in perimeter of mask for costume attachment. Proper left forehead and cheek is gouged and damaged, but painted over by the original creator. Pigment is worn and damaged in spots. 2007.3.0010 (Mask) image
5 2007.3.0017 Bowl, libation Male Gbine libation bowl. Triangle pattern on front shoulders/chest and on back. Small diamond pattern in center of chest and back. Elongated neck wrapped with rope and 3 shells attached. Chevron pattern on bowl. Large crest. Nose and mouth pronounced. Bottom of feet damaged. Arms have gouges and many scratches. Rim of bowl chipped. Wood dirty and discolored. 2007.3.0017 (Bowl, libation) image
6 2007.3.0018 Bowl, libation Female anthropomorphic libation figures known as Gbine. Triangle pattern and small diamond pattern down center of back and front. Elongated neck wrapped in rope. The breasts are extenuated. The head has a vertical crest that attaches to the nose. The bowl rim is connected through the center with a raised belly button. The toes are damaged, the rim of the bowl is worn and chipped, and the face is cracked. There are scratches on side of leg. 2007.3.0018 (Bowl, libation) image
7 2007.3.0019 Bowl, libation Male anthropomorphic libation figure known as Gbine. Chevron pattern carved into figure. Neck is wrapped in textile. The head has a vertical crest that connects to the nose. There are no facial features. Bowl forms a figure 8 shape, and exhibits a crack. The textile is stained and frayed. 2007.3.0019 (Bowl, libation) image
8 2007.3.6 Figure Songye Kifwebe Power figure. Male figure with distended abdomen. Skirt attached. Figure wearing 2 necklaces, one with blue beads and a white pendant, and the other a wooden bead choker. Figure is wearing a kifwebe mask. Holes along mask/skull line. Base of statue is attached to metal stand. Small hole in skull. Hair in nostrils. Base of figure is damaged, missing a piece, statue is worn and wood is dinged, scratched, and worn. Possible paint on mask, but very worn. Wooden choker is fragile, thread weak. Woven skirt is damaged, loose ties, torn and frayed. 2007.3.6 (Figure) image
9 2013.2.2 Mask Mask. Egg-shape with circular eye openings, elongated nose with pierced nostrils and square open mouth exposing three animal teeth. Kaolin linear marks down both sides of face, across forehead and perimeter. White strip across upper portion of the mouth. Fiber raffia attached around chin. Four dots below each eye in square shape form. Two holes pierced through for fiber wrapping to the head. 2013.2.2 (Mask) image
10 2016-18-3 Mask A heavy hardwood elongated Haya (Tanzanian) Mask in simple form. The mask is round in form at the head and tapers to a point at the chin. The eyes are notched through and the elongated nose in a triangular-shape. The mouth is open with teeth inserted above and below the lips. The ears are carved close to the head in simple form. Two holes are pierced on the side of the head. The mask is in good condition and dates to the mid-20th century. 2016-18-3 (Mask) image
11 2016-18-4 Mask A wooden round Temne Helmet mask with great age. the head is round in form with olive-shape eyes, round plug-shape mouth, and a very small short nose. There are three vertical cut-out opening below the nose for sight and a shelf for rim just above the base where a series of holes are pieced for attachments that are no longer there. The coiffure is carved behind the head with natural old erosion on the top and sides of the mask. Old cracks appear on the head from age. The wood is very light and dry due to age. The mask dates to the late 19th or early 20th century. 2016-18-4 (Mask) image
12 2017-26-10 Luba Lance The three-dimensional carved Luba lance is distinguished by the beauty of a feminine head and figure; as such it often takes on the feminine reference of "she" whenever its referred to. Rising upward from the transition between the stem coated with copper strips wound in spiral, and the dibulu palette decorated with deeply engraved geometric patterns, the prestige figure is posed with her hands resting atop her breasts, symbolizing fertility. Emerging in high relief, the face presents a delicacy of the features and elegance of the high forehead. A graduated trapezoidal form rises from the top of her head, and is topped with a short cylinder. Metal attachment is hypothesized to have formerly held a whisk. 2017-26-10 (Luba Lance) image
13 2017-26-11 Spear The three -dimentional carved Luba lance is meticulously ornamented with carved wood and metal appurtenances. A dual-sided face is  centered on the shaft of the object, the visages rubbed smooth from years of use. Each oval face depicts closed eyes and unsmiling pulpy lips; the rubbings have enhanced the contract between the dark abd light patina. Each head is wrapped, exposing the high foreheads. Tightly wrapped rings of copper decorate the vertical length of the staff, which is truncated with a short spear point on one end, and a larger, javelin-like point upon the lower end.
14 2017-26-12 Mask Originating from the Ivory Coast, the Dan monkey mask, known as a Kaogle, is constructed of wood with fiber. The mask is characterized by deeply set triangular eyeholes; a low, prominent forehead, triangular distended cheekbones, and an angular protruding lower jaw. The corners of the mouth hang exaggeratedly dowwards. Harmoniously composed by the voluminous forehead and the tension created by the frontal ridge and the mouth, the great balance and expression point to the highest requirements of the Dan art dedicated to beauty.The multiple layers of holes around the perimeter are an illustration of the long use, as is the patina of the wood. The Dan monkey mask is among the more primitive examples of the northern Dan style. A woven cord is attached to the reverse. 2017-26-12 (Mask) image
15 2017-26-3 Sculpture The complement to the male Sukuma figure has been decorated with two clothcovered stuffed circular attachments atop her head with beaded details. The figure has metal eyes, vertical scarification at the center of forehead, and three holes in each of her hands. 2017-26-3 (Sculpture) image
16 2017-26-4 Sculpture The carved wood Sukuma male figure has been decorated with cloth-covered stuffed circular attachments at the top of his head with a ring of beads. The figure has metal eyes, and a scalloped line of seven inset circles along his chest. Each hand has been adorned with three holes. 2017-26-4 (Sculpture) image
17 2017-26-7A Drum The cylindrical kyondo (slit drum or gong) in the form of a female from Luba in the Republic of Congo is carved from wood. The slit drum is an idiophone drum, made from a hollowed piece of wood in which a narrow groove serves as a sound opening. These rare and important figures are used in divination rituals, when their bowl shaped cavities are filled with magic materials. Slit drums of wood are not  used by tribes in south-west Congo as musical instruments for entertainment and dancing, but instead exclusively for rythmic accompaniment during sacred rites (initiation, burial, healing the sick, etc.). The slit drum is struck with a stick along both sides of the narrow groove, which produces two different pitches. The possibility of combining rhythm with pitch enables the slit drum to act as a means of communication for tone language of the tribes. 2017-26-7A (Drum) image
18 2017-26-7B Stricking Baton Wooden Striking baton for a Luba slit drum. 2017-26-7B (Stricking Baton) image