Signed in pencil in margin below l.r. corner of image: Keith Shaw Williams. In pencil at l.l. corner of sheet: a18002 [....] 14; in pencil on a circular tab (now ripped) pasted on u.r. corner of sheet: 164; In pencil in l.l. corner of mat: JMK 134; in pencil at l.c. of mat: KEITH SHAW WILLIAMS (1906-1951)/ PORTRAIT OF STOW WEGENROTH DRAWING/ ON A LITHOGRAPHIC STONE. Reproduced as/ fronticespiece in The Lithographs of stow Wegenroth [underlined]. 1974
Pipe made in three parts: wood-carved stem, inner metal pipe for drawing smoke, and metal, possibly bronze bowl. Wood-carved, openwork stem is comprised of interlocking lizards; spiral whorls cover the cast metal bowl. bands of cowrie shells encircle the bottom and “neck” of the bowl, while its lip is topped with the classic Grassfields motif of a prestige cap.
Throughout the Grassfields region of western Cameroon, men and women smoked pipes at social gatherings, to rest while working in the fields, and in sessions of the royal court. The kind of pipe that one smoked--its design, iconography, and the materials from which it was made--reflected one’s status in society and an ability to appreciate beautiful things. Pipes drew from a rich repertoire of sculptural forms and symbols that characterized the visual arts of the region. “Prestige pipes” completed the attire of chiefs and noblemen, as their elaborate forms and iconographic motifs spoke of royalty and wealth.
A round metal lock meant to lock a chest. The front of the metal disc is decorated with a line carving of a Korean character surrounded by multiple carved circles, but leave a rim of undecorated metal around its edges.
This is a clear glass inkwell with a dark metal lid. The body is composed of a large sphere balanced on three smaller spheres. It has a circular top with a flat lid.
As with most objects of daily use, inkwells could be modest and utilitarian or more fanciful, the latter employing lavish use of precious materials to reflect and enhance the status of the possessor. Inkwells in the UMMA collections demonstrate a rich variety of materials, including silver, crystal, ceramic, and metal. Some pre-date the emergence of the fountain pen, and many mark the transition from a quill or nib pen to the convenience of the pocket pen commonly found today. Inkwells are avidly collected by those who value the artistry that went into the creation of a beautiful object for everyday life.
signed lower right in pencil. embossed signature on lower left and circular embossed stamp in center "Archival Print Don Worth", artist negative number in pencil and print dates on back in pencil 4-C-427 1958/2005 / Plate 10
27.62 cm x 35.24 cm (10 7/8 in. x 13 7/8 in.)
An overlay of oval shaped leaves taking over the entire image. Light grey hues.