Artist and collector, Dick
Jemison, has assembled an extensive collection of tribal
art from around the world.
His African pottery collection includes hundreds of examples from many areas of the continent and is complimented by the Dogon masks, recently added to the collection. The pottery photographs are part of The Yale Art Gallery-van Rijn Archive of African Art.
Bone Daggers from New Guinea offer a look at intricate, geometric and tribal designs along with figurative imagery. Commonly carved from the thigh bone of the Cassowary bird, the daggers were used as tools and weapons.
The collection of Hopi Katsina (Kachina) Dolls carved by Oraibi Tribal Chief, Wilson Tawaquaptewa, represents some of the finest and most humorously carved figures in Native American culture. As a chief and religious leader he was unique in his efforts to not sell his culture's artifacts. He invented katsinam which combined attributes from traditional katsina, as well as made up elements such as the crossed eyes found on some of the dolls in this collection.
Mexican Nichos and Mapuche jewelry complete the current online collection. The Nichos illustrate a rich folk art tradition and the strong influence of Christianity on Mexican culture. The Mapuche tribe of Chile and Argentina created these elegantly designed pieces to be worn with their traditional tribal costumes.
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