Shiva stands in an unbending pose and the sculpture is broken just below the knees. He is two-armed and his right hand is raised with his palm outward. His left arm is broken away. He wears a short lower garment with incised lines delineating folds and he is ithyphallic, his upraised penis extending up from behind his belt. He wears simple jewelry, a belt, armlets, a bracelet on the one wrist still extant and a simple beaded necklace. There is an auspicious diamond pattern in the middle of his chest. He has a fleshy face with a full mouth and large eyes, a third eye is incised on his forehead. His hair is done in an elaborate coiffure piled high.
The sweeping stripes of black and white that arch across the body of this galloping creature give the appearance of a zebra, yet the long, flowing mane is characteristic of a horse. A series of circles and crescents over and underlay the horse, and the background uses gold leaf.
Artist Unknown, African, Yombe Peoples Democratic Republic of the Congo
Small, carved male figure, seated atop a block, with legs crossed. The naturalism with which the expressive face is carved, the high crested coiffure (or chiefly cap?) and the progressive foreshortening of the body show the importance given to the head in Yombe aesthetics. The figure's eyes are mirrored glass, and the upper body, face and head are studded with brass tacks. A slight vertical crack can be seen at the figure's sternum.
The Yombe figure was identified for UMMA by Allen Roberts and Mary (Polly) Nooter Roberts. There was a discrepency regarding the dating of the piece: the export paperwork said "circa 1830", but the dealer's catalogue said early 19th c. When asked to help resolve the dating, Polly Nooter Roberts replied: "As for the Yombe figure, I can tell you with certainty that it is NOT early 20th century, and is definitely from the 19th century, if not earlier. I cannot confirm the 1830 date, but I would be more inclined to believe that than the early 20th century. So, I think you can confidently say 19th century, and perhaps you can go ahead and use the paperwork that says 1830 since that was supplied with it." See e-mail to Carole McNamara, 1/12/00.
Wooden staff covered with beads, displaying a zigzag pattern in blue, white, red, yellow, green and pink along the shaft, with an iron point at the base. The finial (top of the staff) consists of an equestrian, mostly in green, wearing elaborate red-and-yellow headgear, holding a staff and riding a multicolored horse, which stands on a rectangular platform adorned with a veil of ropes of beads.
Male Figure (possibly mukuya figure repurposed as nkisi)
Artist Unknown, African, Beembe Peoples Democratic Republic of the Congo
Wood-carved, standing figure with knees slightly flexed, prominent gentalia, naturalistic face, pointed beard and eyes inset with a white material, probably small ceramic fragments. The feet are missing. It wears a metal ring around its neck, and a string with metal fragments, glass beads and a small metal bell is attached across its chest, from arm to arm. A vertical crack on the front right side of the figure is filled with a gauzy material.
Purple shibori kimono with overall pattern of tiny squares in diagonal rows
Artist Unknown, Japan
Purple silk crepe with hitta miura and hand tie-dyed design achieving the effect of many diagonal rows of tiny squares. Upper lining is plain weave momi (red silk) and lower and cuff linings are mauve pink.
The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido (Kichizo Edition): #32 Arai
Three sailboats with dramatic bowed square sails dominate the print. There are more sailing on the water in the distance. The sky appears to be red on the edge of the horizon of the sea, suggesting the time as either at dawn or at dusk.
This object is a cream colored sheet of paper in a horizontal rectangular shape with geometric forms embossed in the center section. There is no color and the geometric forms are created by raised lines. There is a long rectangle that contains two sets of intersecting cubes. The object title, edition number, artist signature and date are written in pencil below the rectangle.
This is a square painting with skinny vertical lines of green on a background of red. There are two square forms in the center, each with a diagonal line from the upper left to lower right corners. One square is created by a pinkish, purple line and the other is created by a reddish orange line.