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19:11, 29 October 2019 AFAR E 12 buffalo.jpg (file) 3.74 MB WikiSysop Man riding buffalo, Pende Artist. It is unknown if this represents the slave trade or a powerful protector against slavers. The pendants in the background are miniatures masks worn around the neck for healing and protection. 1
19:10, 29 October 2019 AFAR E 11 bowls.jpg (file) 3.29 MB WikiSysop Bowls, Various Artists. Every day gourd bowls are transformed by burning patters with a heated knife and filling the cuts with butter and soot. Then they are valuable objects and a source of independent wealth for women in Chad and Nigeria. 1
19:09, 29 October 2019 AFAR E 10 off my back.jpg (file) 4.69 MB WikiSysop Off My Back, Owusu-Ankomah. The patterns are from the symbolic sign system known as adinkra used in Ghana, where the artist was born. They are used in funerary clothes to represent proverbs. 1
19:08, 29 October 2019 AFAR E 09 woodcuts.jpg (file) 4.19 MB WikiSysop Woodcuts, Susanne Wenger. Susanne Wenger was an Austrian by birth who moved to Nigeria and became a priestess in the Yoruba faith. 1
19:08, 29 October 2019 AFAR E 08 minganji.jpg (file) 5.09 MB WikiSysop Fiber costume (minganji), Pende Artist. Costumes such as these were used initiation cermonies, funerals, and leadership rituals. 1
19:07, 29 October 2019 AFAR E 07 serpent above.jpg (file) 4.98 MB WikiSysop Dan-Ayido-Houedo, Romuald Hazoume. A view of the serpent from above. 1
19:06, 29 October 2019 AFAR E 06 serpent detail.jpg (file) 5.28 MB WikiSysop Dan-Ayido-Houedo (detail), Romuald Hazoume. Detail of the gas cans that the artist used to make the serpent. He is also known for making traditional style masks from gas cans. 1
19:06, 29 October 2019 AFAR E 05 serpent.jpg (file) 4.16 MB WikiSysop Dan-Ayido-Houedo, Romuald Hazoume. An ouroboros serpent, the title means 'Rainbow Serpent.' It is a symbol of fertility, prosperity, and the eternal cycle of life to the Bon and Yoruba. 1
19:05, 29 October 2019 AFAR E 04 destiny detail.jpg (file) 5.38 MB WikiSysop Destiny (detail), Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi. This is detail of the nsibidi, thought to be pictograms, but possibly logograms or syllabograms. 1
19:04, 29 October 2019 AFAR E 03 destiny.jpg (file) 4.23 MB WikiSysop Destiny, Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi. The full title is "Destiny--Turning New Pages (Family Portrait)". It references uli (body art) and nsibidi (indigenous writing) in Nigerian culture. 1
19:04, 29 October 2019 AFAR E 02 helmet.jpg (file) 3.92 MB WikiSysop Helmet mask, Takim Eyuk. The four faces of the mask represent a rich man with three wives. 1
19:03, 29 October 2019 AFAR E 01 mask.jpg (file) 4.69 MB WikiSysop Face mask, Nuna Artist. This is a massive butterfly mask (you can see the reflection of my legs in the lower part of the picture). It is associated with farming and the coming of rain. 1
18:48, 29 October 2019 AFAR D 05 mask.jpg (file) 3.73 MB WikiSysop Crest mask, Possibly Boki Artist. Purchased from the Walt Disney-Tishman collection. Possibly used in funeral services. 1
18:47, 29 October 2019 AFAR D 04 figure.jpg (file) 3.9 MB WikiSysop Power figure (nkishi), Songye Artist. The adominal cavity contained medicines added in a ritual, ensuring the well being of a person or community. 1
18:47, 29 October 2019 AFAR D 03 trophy.jpg (file) 4.03 MB WikiSysop Trophy head, Edo Artist. Late 15th to early 16th century copper work. 1
18:46, 29 October 2019 AFAR D 02 initiation.jpg (file) 5.07 MB WikiSysop Initiation wall panels, Nkanu Artist. The panels represent the values and history taught to a young boy. From the early 20th century, they also reference white colonial power. 1
18:45, 29 October 2019 AFAR D 01 nokia.jpg (file) 4.29 MB WikiSysop Nokia cell phone coffin, Samuel Narty. Ghanian artist Kane Kwei popularized personalized coffins back in the 50s. Narty is a second generation student of Kwei's. 1
18:45, 29 October 2019 AFAR C 05 dress.jpg (file) 4.61 MB WikiSysop Ensemble with jewlery, Oumou Sy. This is a contemporary piece made by Senegal's "Queen of Couture," Oumou Sy. It refers to two hisorical Senegalese figures: Penda Mbaye and Anne Pepin. 1
18:44, 29 October 2019 AFAR C 04 bicone.jpg (file) 4.72 MB WikiSysop Bicone necklace (korval), Tukulor artist. This necklace is noted for the granulation and filigree techniques used to make it. 1
18:43, 29 October 2019 AFAR C 03 bount.jpg (file) 5.46 MB WikiSysop A bount u sindone, which is a modified version of the central portion of a traditional Senegalese three pendant combination. 1
18:42, 29 October 2019 AFAR C 02 staff head.jpg (file) 3.95 MB WikiSysop Counselor's staff of office, Ghana: The figures represent a proverb warning against challenging the rightful heir to the throne {and other inheritances}. 1
18:41, 29 October 2019 AFAR C 01 staff.jpg (file) 3.93 MB WikiSysop Counselor's staff of office, Ghana: Used by a spokesman called an ↄkyeame. They spoke on behalf of rulers, had significant authority, and were admired for their skill with language. 1
18:40, 29 October 2019 AFAR B 08 sand.jpg (file) 4.1 MB WikiSysop Family Accomodation/Portfolio Kalmanskop, Helga Kohl. An abandoned home in a former diamond mining town in Namibia. 1
18:39, 29 October 2019 AFAR B 07 fire.jpg (file) 3.95 MB WikiSysop Good Shepherd, Diane Victor. Done with smoke on paper. About trust after the banking collapse. 1
18:38, 29 October 2019 AFAR B 06 Pam.jpg (file) 4.15 MB WikiSysop Pam Dlungwana, Vredhoek, Cape Town; Zanele Muholi. Zenele Muholi has been photographing black lesbians, particularly in South Africa. 1
18:38, 29 October 2019 AFAR B 05 past future.jpg (file) 5.11 MB WikiSysop Past/Future, Adejoke Tugbiyele. Made of brooms and strainers and other such materials. A figure burdened from labor and the hardships of being gay, yet in an erotic posture at the same time. 1
18:37, 29 October 2019 AFAR B 04 women.jpg (file) 4.4 MB WikiSysop Liberal Women Protest March I & II, Nike Davies-Okundaye. The patterns overlaying the image of the women is adire, a textile art used by Yoruba women to communicate symbolically. 1
18:36, 29 October 2019 AFAR B 03 dress.jpg (file) 4.84 MB WikiSysop Esther, Patience Torlowei, rear view. 1
18:35, 29 October 2019 AFAR B 02 dress.jpg (file) 4.56 MB WikiSysop Esther, Patience Torlowei. "Esther is more than a dress. She is a force." She highlights the riches and potential of Africa. 2
18:33, 29 October 2019 AFAR B 01 pressure.jpg (file) 3.64 MB WikiSysop World Under Pressure, Batoul S'Himi. About the underwhelming representation of women in world politics and mounting pressure for change. 1
18:32, 29 October 2019 AFAR B 00 blue bra.jpg (file) 4.69 MB WikiSysop Blue Bra Girls, Ghada Amer. Inspired by a photo of a woman with a blue bra shown being dragged and beaten during protests in Tahrir Square (Egypt). 1
20:51, 1 October 2019 My enso large.jpg (file) 192 KB WikiSysop The last enso I drew at the Zen calligraphy workshop. 2
20:41, 1 October 2019 My enso small.png (file) 2.04 MB WikiSysop The first set of ensos I drew at my Zen calligraphy workshop. 1
20:40, 1 October 2019 My enso python.png (file) 92 KB WikiSysop An enso drawn by a Python program I wrote using Turtle Graphics. 1
20:39, 1 October 2019 My enso medium.png (file) 1.26 MB WikiSysop The second set of ensos I drew in the Zen calligraphy workshop. 1
20:35, 1 October 2019 Bridge caligraphy.jpg (file) 576 KB WikiSysop My Zen caligraphy of the Rokotzbrucke. 1
20:20, 27 March 2019 07 blue dream.jpg (file) 3.56 MB WikiSysop Blue Dream Paddles by Jerry Laktonen. He began carving when the Exxon Valdez oil spill stopped fishing in Prince William Sound. They attempt to recreate an Alutiiq tradition of ceremonial paddles. Before these, the only ones that existed were in the Br... 1
20:16, 27 March 2019 06 psychic space.jpg (file) 6.54 MB WikiSysop Psychic Space by Norval Morrisseau. It "suggests Anishinaabe spirtual thought, which acknowledges the connections and interdependencies of all things." 1
20:13, 27 March 2019 05 creation story.jpg (file) 5.3 MB WikiSysop Creation Story by by Harry Fonseca. A painting of the Maidu creation story. 1
20:11, 27 March 2019 04 indoor totem.jpg (file) 4.21 MB WikiSysop A totem pole in the main hall of the Smithsonian American Indian Museum. 1
20:11, 27 March 2019 03 hawaiian canoe.jpg (file) 4.25 MB WikiSysop A Hawaiian canoe at the Smithsonian American Indian Museum. 1
20:10, 27 March 2019 02 outer totems.jpg (file) 5 MB WikiSysop Totem poles outside the Smithsonian American Indian Museum. 1
20:09, 27 March 2019 01 red dress.jpg (file) 6.28 MB WikiSysop The REDress Project, by Jaime Black. It is meant to draw attention to the higher levels of violence faced by indigenous women compared to other women. 1
18:19, 24 January 2019 Meditation times 2018.png (file) 31 KB WikiSysop Meditation by posture category, 2018. 1
14:40, 26 February 2018 25 line of duty.jpg (file) 476 KB WikiSysop Stars at the Postal Museum commemorating postal inspectors who died in the line of duty. 1
14:37, 26 February 2018 24 tommy gun.jpg (file) 426 KB WikiSysop A tommy gun used by postal inspectors. They were the first U.S. law enforcement agency to use the tommy gun. 1
14:36, 26 February 2018 23 hollywood.jpg (file) 467 KB WikiSysop Hollywood films portraying postal inspectors. Not shown: The Inspectors 2. 1
14:34, 26 February 2018 22 elwood zap.jpg (file) 298 KB WikiSysop Elwood P. Zap, a puppet used (apparently only once) to educate businesses about mail fraud. 1
14:33, 26 February 2018 21 inspector truck.jpg (file) 470 KB WikiSysop A postal inspector's truck at the Postal Museum. 1
14:32, 26 February 2018 20 old truck.jpg (file) 470 KB WikiSysop An old mail truck at the Postal Museum. Yes, the steering wheel is on the right. 1

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