This is an unglazed stoneware bizen jar fired in a wood-burning kiln.
It has a hard, smooth surface with decorative incisions near the top of the jar. The lower portion has effect of color gradation of reds and browns. The lid seems to dip into the jar, and has a know handle. The entire piece is not perfectly formed, but has an organic aesthetic.
Artist Unknown, African, Bamileke Peoples, Cameroon
Face mask embroidered extensively wtih glass beads. Two long panels hang down the front and back of the wearer. Humanoid face at top has two round eye holes allowing the wearer to see, a strip of fabric for nose and open, upturned mouth. Ears are protruding disks attached on either side of the face . Top of the head is covered with small, corklike knobs covered with black cloth. The beadwork is predominantly green, with intricate, scallop-shaped patterns along edge of panels, and vertical, star-like patterns filling center of the panels. Interior of panels is lined with damask.
Artist Unknown, African, Guro Peoples Côte D'Ivoire
Face mask with stylized face and horns of an antelope and open jaws of a leopard. Forehead has three sets of scarifcation marks in relief; hairline is incised with pigmented linear and geometric patterns; striped horns curve naturally from top of head; eyes are set in ovoid grounds of white kaolin; top of snout shows incised V-shaped marks; mask is predominantly brown with traces of green, red and yellow pigment; chew stick in back shows some wear.
Stoneware tea bowl with short foot that flares out into the base of the tea bowl, and bends gently back inwards, until flaring slightly at the lip of the piece. Underglaze design of a circle and stylized design or plant decorates the side of the bowl.
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stoneware with underglaze iron painting and translucent glaze
Metal lion with flowing mane and tail. Gold inlaid spits decorate his body and color his eyes. The lion's head is thrown impossibly backwards, allowing a view of the head as if from above. The golden eyes look upwards.
Fan shaped obidome (obi brooch), inscribed bodai no tame
Metal brooch in the shape of a fan with incised and inlaid decor, including floral designs. "Bodai no tame" is inscribed along with the artist's signature, Taniguchi Haruki, and indecipherable characters.
Life-sized seated female figure holding a child. Face has rouneded, high forehead, ovoid eyes, flat, rectangular nose and protruding, open ovoid mouth. Pogmented, bilateral scarification patterns of forehead, temples and jowels, at back of neck. Scarification also on upper arms and breast. Pigmented coiffure is elaborate with triangular and dome-like shapes. Necklace and hoop-like ring carved in relief onto neck and shoulders; figure has protruding navel, wears anklets and armlet at elbow, and holds a baby suckling at left breast.