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Guilford College Art Gallery

Maness Collection of Central and West African Art

The college's permanent art collection was significantly expanded in terms of content and global significance through donations received in the 2000s from the Collection of Dr. A. Kelly Maness, Jr. These works are presented online for viewing and study. Portions of the collection are on exhibit in Hege Library and other pieces available for consultation and use by Guilford classes by appointment.

Browse by items from the collection by cultural group (listed alphabetically below) or explore images from the collection via ArtStor at https://library.artstor.org/#/collection/87732157

 

Ada

Ivory Coast (20th Century)

Figure, wood, 11 in. x 1 3/4 in. x 1/4 in., 2008.1.17

Figure, wood, 8 1/4 in. x 1 1/4 in. x 1 in., 2008.1.18

 

Aja

Togo (19th- 20th Century)

Twin Figure, (Ibeji), carved wood with plastic beading, 5-1/2" h. x 2-5/8" w. (base 1-1/2 x 1-7/8"), 2000.5.9

 

Akan

Ghana (19th- 20th Century)

6 Gold Weighing Accessories: Trays (Mrammuo), hammered copper alloy (sheet brass), 2000.5.92-95

Spoons (Saawa), engraved copper alloy (sheet brass) with repousse, 2000.5.96-98

33 Gold Weights (Abrammoo), cast copper alloy, 2000.5.99-131

 

Ashanti

Ghana (19th- 20th Century)

Figures (Akuamas), carved wood (left), 11-1/8" h. x 3-3/4" w. x 1-1/4" diam., 2000.5.18, carved wood (right), 10-1/2" h. x 3-5/8" w. x 1-1/2" diam., 2000.5.15

Figure (Akuaba), carved wood, 8-1/2" h. x 3-3/16" w. x 1" diam., 2000.5.16 

Maternal figure, carved wood, 16-7/8" h. x 5-1/2" w. x 4-1/2" diam., 2000.5.19

Akuaba, wood, glass beads, metal, 11 1/8 in. x 4 1/8 in., 2008.1.6

Comb (with two human head finials), wood, 12 in. x 3 3/4 in. 2008.1.7

Akua'ba, wood, 7 3/8 in. x 2 7/8 in. x 1 1/8 in. 2008.1.19

 

Azande

Northeast Congo (19th- 20th Century)

Maternity Vessel, terracotta, 12-1/4" h. x 6" w. x 8" diam., 2000.5.75 

Horn, carved ivory, 1-7/8" h. x 13-1/4" w. x 1-1/8" diam., 2000.5.80

 

Bakongo

Northeast Congo (19th- 20th Century)

Couple, carved ivory, 2-7/8" h. x 1-1/2" w. x 1/2" d., 2000.5.70

 

Bamana

Mali (19th- 20th Century)

Staff Finial, carved wood, 12" h. x 1-1/2" w. x 1" d., 2000.5.86

 

Bambara Peoples

Mali (20th century)

Headdress (Chi wara) in the form of a male antelope (in the style of the Ségou region), wood, 42 in. x 14 1/2 in. x 3 in., 2008.1.40

 

Baule

Ivory Coast (19th- 20th Century)

Figure (Spirit wife, blolo bla), carved wood, 16-7/8" h. x 2" diam. (base 2-3/4" x 3"), 2000.5.29

Mouse Divination Vessel, carved wood, 12-1/2" h. x 7-1/4" w. x 6-1/2" diam., 2000.5.43       

Weaver's Pulley (Heddle), carved wood, 7-1/8" h. x 2-1/2" w. x 1-3/8" d., 2000.5.73

Staff Finial, carved wood, 11-1/4" h. x 4-1/2" w. x 4" diam., 2000.5.77

 

Benin

Nigeria (20th century)

Brass Diviniation Cup, brass, 3 1/8 in. x 4 7/8 in. x 4 1/2 in., 2008.1.9 

 

Bobo (Artist: Binufu Konyate)

Upper Volta (20th Century)

Bronze Lion, cast copper alloy, 21" l. x 6-3/4" h. x 4" w., 2000.5.91

 

Cham

Nigeria and Northern Nigeria (20th century)

Pregnancy Vessel, terra cotta,6 3/8 in. x 2 3/8 in., 2008.1.1

(Protective) Vessel, terra cotta, 11 in. x 3 7/8 in., 2008.1.2 

Protective Vessel, terra cotta, 8 1/8 in. x 3 7/8 in. 2008.1.3

Protective Vessel, terra cotta, 9 1/4 in. x 3 3/4 in. x 3 1/2 in., 2008.1.21

Protective Vessel, terra cotta, 7 in. x 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in., 2008.1.22

Protective Charm (in the form of a fish), terra cotta, 2 in. x 1 3/4 in. x 5 1/2 in., 2008.1.24

Mother and Child Figures, terra cotta, 6 1/2 in. x 4 1/2 in. x 4 1/2 in., 2008.1.31

Protective vessel, terra cotta, 2008.1.34

 

Chockwe

Northeast Congo (19th- 20th Century)

Torso, carved wood, 7-7/8" h. x 3-3/8" w. x 2" diam., 2000.5.81

 

Dan

Ivory Coast (Liberia, 19th- 20th Century)

Masks (passport), carved wood (right), 3-7/8" h. x 2" w. x 1" d., 2000.5.69, carved wood (left), 4" h. x 2-1/4" w. x 3/4" d., 2000.5.137

 

Dan or Bassa Peoples

Ivory Coast (20th century)

Spoon, wood, 15 1/2 in. x 4 1/2 in. x 2 1/2 in., 2008.1.33

 

Dogon

Mali (19th- 20th Century)

Digging stick, carved wood, 21-1/2" h. x 1" w. x 7-3/4" d., 2000.5.74

Rabbit Mask, wood, 19 in. x  7 1/8 in. x 4 1/4 in., 2008.1.12  

Seated couple, wood, 20 3/4 in. x 8 1/2 in. x 8 1/2 in., 2008.1.39

 

Ewe

Togo (19th- 20th Century)

Figure (Ibeji), carved wood, 8-1/4" h. x 3" w. x 2-1/4" d., 2000.5.8

Female Figure, wood; plastic beads; cloth; rope, 8 7/16 in. x 2 3/4 in. x 2 1/2 in. 2000.5.24

Figure, wood, 8 5/8 in. x 3 3/8 in. x 2 1/2in. 2008.1.16

 

Fante

Ghana (19th - 20th Century)

Figure, (akuaba), carved wood, 10-3/16" h. x 2-1/4" w. (base 2-3/8"), 2000.5.14

Akua'ba, wood, 15 in. x 2 1/4 in. x 1 1/2 in., 2000.5.17

 

Fon

Benin (20th century)

Protective Statue (Bocio), wood, rope/fiber, metal, 12 5/8 in. x 2 3/8 in., 2008.1.5

Fon boccio (2 Ibejii & bowls), wood, metal, leather, hair, stone, 7 in. x 8 1/4 in. x 4 1/2 in., 2008.1.15

 

Fulani

Nigeria (19th - 20th Century)

Hair accessory, carved wood with rope, 1-7/8" h. x 3-7/8" w. x 1-1/2" d., 2000.5.54

 

Ga

Ghana (20th Century)

Figure, wood, 6 3/4 in. x 2 in. x 3/8 in., 2008.1.4

 

Guro

Ivory Coast (20th century)

Mask, wood, metal (nails), 17 3/16 in. x 7 1/8 in. x 4 1/8 in., 2008.1.14 

Zamble Society Mask, wood, pigment, 16 3/4 in. x 64 in. x 4 3/4 in., 2008.1.41

 

Hemba

Zaire (20th century)

Monkey Mask, wood, fiber, 14 in. x 6 in. x 3 1/2 in., 2008.1.10

 

Holoholo

Northeast Congo (19th - 20th Century)

Maternity fetish, carved wood, woven basket and sand, 3-1/4" h. x 3" diam, 2000.5.53

 

Ibibio

Nigeria (19th - 20th Century)

Figure ("Fatting house doll"), carved wood, 12-3/8" h. x 2-7/8" w. x 2-1/8" diam. (base 3-1/2" x 2-7/8"), 2000.5.31

Figure ("Fatting house"), terracotta, 9-5/16" h. x 5-3/16" w. x 2-3/4" d., 2000.5.33

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Igbo 

Nigeria (20th century)

Fatting House Figure, wood; paint; or dye, 11 5/16 in., 2000.5.32

Kola Nut Bowl with Lid, wood, 6 3/4 in. x 16 1/2 in. x 16 1/2 in., 2008.1.26

Kola Nut Bowl, wood, 3 15/16 in. x 11 in. x 4 in., 2008.1.27

Ritual vessel, terra cotta, 12 1/4 in. x 12 3/4 in. x 6 1/4 in., 2008.1.28

 

Jawara

Northern Nigeria (20th century)

Headboard, wood, metal, nails, 3 3/4 in. x 18 in. x 6 1/4 in. 2008.1.30

 

Kamba 

Kenya (20th century)

Maternal Figure, wood; metal, 11 in. x 2 in. x 2 in. 2000.5.28

 

Kissi?

Sierra Leone (19th - 20th Century)

Stone Figure (Pomdo), carving; stone, 7 in. x 3 1/2 in. x 1 1/8 in. 2005.90.1

Figures (Pomdo), carved stone (left), 7" h. x 3-1/2" w. x 1-1/8" diam., 2000.5.90.1,carved stone (right), 3-1/2" h. x 1-5/8" w. x 1-1/8" diam., 2000.5.90.2

 

Kran (Gere)

Ivory Coast (20th Century)

Figure, carved bone, 6-7/8" h. x 4" w. (at base 2"w. x 1-1/2" diam.), 2000.5.49

 

Kuba

Democratic Republic of Congo (19th - 20th Century)

Friction oracle (itombwa), carved wood, 1-7/8" h. x 9-3/4" w. x 1-1/8" d., 2000.5.44

Friction oracle (itombwa), carved wood, 9-7/8" l. x 1-7/8" h. x 1-1/2" d., 2000.5.45

Box, carved wood and metal nails, 2-1/2 h. x 10-3/4" w. x 4-1/2" d., 2000.5.83.a.b

 

Kulango

Ivory Coast? (19th - 20th Century)

Figure (Spirit bride, blolo bla), carved wood, 12-1/4" h. x 2-5/8" w. x 1-7/8" diam. (base 3" x 2-1/2"), 2000.5.30

 

Lega

Democratic Republic of Congo & Zaire (19th - 20th Century)

Figures: carved ivory, 6" h. x 1-1/2" w. x 1-1/4" diam., 2000.5.79.1,

  6-1/2" h. x 1/2" w. x 1-1/2" diam., 2000.5.79.2,

  5-3/4" h. x 1-1/8" w. x 5-3/4" diam., 2000.5.79.3

Phallus, wood, feathers, fiber, 15 1/2 in. x 6 in. x 1 1/2 in. 2008.1.11

 

Lobi

Burkina Faso (19th - 20th Century)

Figure (Bateba), carved wood, 10-/16" h. x 2-/2" w. x 1-3/4" d., 2000.5.34

Figure (Bateba), carved wood, 8" h. x 1-3/4" w. x 1-5/8" d., 2000.5.35

Figure, carved wood, 10" h. x 5-1/2" w. x 1-1/2" d., 2000.5.36

Figures, carved wood, 7-1/4" h. x 1-1/2" w. x  4-7/8" d., 2000.5.37

Figure, carved wood, 7-7/8" h. x 2-1/8" w. x 1/2" d., 2000.5.38

Leg Ornament, forged iron, 7" h. x 1" w. x 1/8" d., 2000.5.51

 

Luba

Democratic Republic of Congo (19th - 20th Century)

Figure, carved wood, 6-7/8" h. x 2-1/2" w. x 2-1/4" d., (2" diam. base), 2000.5.47

 

Mende

Sierra Leone (19th - 20th Century)

Mask (Bundu Society), carved wood, 17" h. x 8-1/2" w. x 10" diam., 2000.5.68

Bundu Society Helmet Mask, wood, 17 1/8 in. x 8 in. x 9 in. 2008.5.42.a.b

 

Moba

Togo (20th century)

Figure, iron, 9 7/8 in. x 2 7/8 in. x 5/8 in., 2008.1.20

 

Mossi

Upper Volta (19th - 20th Century)

Figure, carved wood, 7" h. x  1-3/4" w. (base 2" x 2"), 2000.5.20

Figure, wood; leather; thread, 7 1/4" x 1 13/16" x 2 1/4", 2000.5.22 

Figure, wood; leather, 7 1/2 in. x 1 1/4 in. 2000.5.23

 

Ngere

Ivory Coast (20th century)

Mask with Human Hair Bead, wood, hair, shells, fiber, material, 14 in. x 9 in. x 5 in., 2008.1.13 

 

Pende

Democratic Republic of Congo (19th - 20th Century)

Mask (Mbangu), carved wood, pigment, raffia and woven cloth, 14" h. x  8" w. x 4" d., 2000.5.65

Diviner's Adze with stand, wood; metal; nails, 16 1/2 in. x 1 3/4 in. x 7 in. 2008.1.29

 

Pende Peoples

Zaire (20th century)

Diviner's Adze with Stand, wood with metal nails, 16 1/2 in. x 1 3/4 in. x 7 in., 2008.1.29

 

Senufo

Ivory Coast (19th - 20th Century)

Diviner's Charms,  cast brass, 2-1/4" h. x  1-1/4" w., 2000.5.52,

cast brass, 3-1/4" h. x 1-1/4"w., 2000.5.132,

cast brass, 1-5/8" h. x 1" w., 2000.5.133

Diviner's Charms, cast brass, 2-1/4" h. x  1" w., 2000.5.134,

cast brass, 1-1/8" h. x 1-7/8" w., 2000.5.135,

cast brass, 1-3/4" h. x 3/4" w., 2000.5.136

Staff (Tefalapica Pole), carved wood (detail), 46-3/8" h. x  3" w. x 2-1/4" diam., 2000.5.60

Mask (Kpeliyee), carved wood, 16" h. x 8" w. x 3" diam., 2000.5.66

Pulley (Heddle) carved wood, 7" h. x 2-7/8" w. x 1" diam., 2000.5.72

Comb, cast copper, 5-7/8" h. x 2-3/8" w., 2000.5.82

Figure (Pregnant woman), carved wood, 30-7/8" h. x 7-1/4" w. x 6-3/8" diam., 2000.5.85

Figure (Ancestor shrine), carved wood, 5-5/8" h. x 1-5/8" w. x 1-1/4" diam., 2000.5.89

Seated mother and child, wood, 55 3/4 in. x 8 1/2 in. x 9 3/4 in., 2008.1.46

 

Tangale

Nigeria (20th Century)

Figure (Mwana cham), sculpted terracotta, 7" h. x  1-3/4" w. x 2-1/2" diam. (top) and 3-3/8" diam. (base), 2000.5.50

 

Tiv

Nigeria (20th Century)

Ritual Bowl, terra cotta, 5 3/4 in. x 5 1/2 in. x 8 in., 2008.1.23

 

Turkana

Kenya (20th century)

Doll Figure, nuts, leather, beads, feather quills, 4 in. x 4 1/4 in. x 3 1/4 in., 2008.1.32

 

Urhobo

Nigeria (20th century)

Ancestor or Power Figure, wood, 13 in. x 3 in. x 2 1/4 in., 2000.5.87

 

Yaka

Democratic Republic of Congo (19th- 20th Century)

Figure, carved wood, stretched leather, and quills, 6-1/2" h. x 3" w. x 2" diam., 2000.5.46

Figure, carved wood, 8-1/2" h. x 2-1/2" w. x 2-1/4" diam., 2000.5.48

Figures, carved wood and stretched leather (left), 13-1/8" h. x 2-3/8" w. x 2-3/8" diam., 2000.5.59.1,

 carved wood and stretched leather (right), 13-1/4" h. x 2-1/4" w. x 2-3/4" diam., 2000.5.59.2

Figure, carved wood, 12-1/2" h. x 2-7/8" w. x 2-1/4" diam., 2000.5.88

 

Yoruba

Nigeria (19th- 20th Century)

Figures

Twin Figure, (Ibeji), carved wood and plastic beading (left), 10-3/8" h. x 2-5/8" w. x 2-7/8" diam., 2000.5.1,

Twin Figure, (Ibeji), carved wood and plastic beading (right), 10-1/2" h. x 3" w. x 3-1/4" diam., 2000.5.2

Twin Figure, (Ibeji), carved wood and plastic beading (left), 10-5/8" h. x 3-5/8" w. x 2-7/8" diam., 2000.5.3,

   Twin Figure, (Ibeji), carved wood and plastic beading (right), 11-1/4" h. x 3-1/2" w. x 2-3/8" diam., 2000.5.4

Twin Figure, (Ibeji), carved wood and engraved aluminum (left), 9-3/4" h. x 2-3/4" w. x 2-5/8" diam., 2000.5.5

Twin Figure, (Ibeji), carved wood and plastic beading (right), 10" h. x 2-1/2" w. x 2-3/4" diam., 2000.5.6

Twin Figure, (Ibeji), carved wood and plastic beading, 10-1/4" h. x 3" w. x 2-3/4" diam., 2000.5.7

Kneeling Mother & Child with Cup, wood, 8 3/4 in. x 3 1/8 in. x 5 in. 2000.5.8

Twin Figure, (Ibeji), carved wood and engraved aluminum (left), 10-1/2" h. x 3-1/4" w. x 3-1/8" diam., 2000.5.10,

Twin Figure, (Ibeji), carved wood (right), 8-7/8" h. x 3" w. x 2-3/4" diam., 2000.5.11

Twin Figure, (Ibeji), carved wood with glass beading (left), 11-1/4" h. x 2-3/4" w. x 3-5/8" diam., 2000.5.12,

Twin Figure, (Ibeji), carved wood with plastic beading (right), 11-1/16" h. x 1-7/8" w. x 1-3/4" diam., 2000.5.13

Figure, carved wood, 4-1/2" h. x 1-3/8" w. x 1-1/4" diam., 2000.5.26

Insignia, cast copper, 10-1/2" h. x 6" w., 2000.5.71

Queen's Comb, wood, 11 1/2 in. x 2 3/4 in. x 1 1/2 in., 2000.5.76

Divination Objects

Tray, carved wood, 18-3/4" h. x 19-5/8" w. x 1" diam., 2000.5.39

Staff, carved wood and shells strung on leather, 9" h. x 3" w. x 2-3/4" diam., 2000.5.40

Palm Nut Holder, carved wood, 9-3/8" h. x 4-1/2" w. x 3-1/2" diam., 2000.5.41

Palm Nut Holder, carved and painted wood, 9-1/2" h. x 7" w. x 3" diam., 2000.5.42

Masks

Mask (Gelede performance), carved wood, 22-3/8" h. x 14-1/4" w., 2000.5.61

Breasts (Gelede performance), carved wood, 3-7/8" h. x 10-3/4" w., 2000.5.62

Helmet Mask (Egungun society), carved wood with glass and plastic beads, 12-1/8" h. x 16" w. x 11-1/4" diam., 2000.5.63

Body Mask (Gelede performance), carved wood, 21-1/2" h. x 12-1/2" w. x 8-3/4" diam., 2000.5.64

Mask (Egungun society), carved wood, 23-3/4" h. x 12-1/2" w. x 11-1/2" diam., 2000.5.67

Ceramics

Figure, scupltured terracotta, 5-1/2" h. x 2-7/8" w. x 2-3/8" diam., 2000.5.58    

Jar, scupltured terracotta, 17-5/8" h. x 13-1/2" w. x 2-3/8" (base) diam., 2000.5.55

Jar, sculptured terracotta, 13 3/8 in. x 7 7/8 in. x 4 in. 2000.5.56

Jar, sculptured terracotta, 9 3/4 in. x 10 1/4 in. x 4 1/2 in. 2000.5.57

Kneeling Mother & Child with Cup, wood, 8 3/4 in. x 3 1/8 in. x 5 in. 2008.1.8

 

Zande

Democratic Republic of Congo (20th century)

Prestige Pot, clay, 12 1/4 in. x 6 in. x 8 in., 2000.5.75 

Ivory Trumpet Horn, ivory, 1 7/8 in. x 13 1/4 in. x 1 1/8 in., 2000.5.80

 

Zulu

South Africa (20th century)

Diviner's Kit (collected in Situ), bone, shell, bead, wire, hair, rope, glass, metal, plastic fiber, 2008.1.25.A-LL