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Door

Door
Usage Conditions Apply
Maker
Tsogo artist
Date
Late 19th-early 20th century
Type
Architectural Element
Medium
Wood, pigment, iron nails, plant fiber
Dimensions
H x W x D: 147.3 x 66 x 3.8 cm (58 x 26 x 1 1/2 in.)
Credit Line
Gift of Walt Disney World Co., a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Object number
2005-6-100
Label Text
An American writer visiting a Tsogo village in the 1860s was most impressed by the decorative work on the doors of many of the houses and commented on their complicated patterns in red, white and black. The human figure on the door probably has a protective function. Its stylization suggests Tsogo masks and its pear-shaped torso is an outline form of the much more naturalistic Tsogo reliquary guardian figures that are covered with red pigment.
Description
Wood door with two distinct panels composed of a carved outline of a human figure surrounded by zigzag lines on top, with the bottom half of carved lozenges. The door is very weathered.
Provenance
Paul and Ruth Tishman, New York
Exhibition History
Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 4, 2017-ongoing
The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection Highlights, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., May 21, 2009-June 4, 2014
African Vision: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., February 15, 2007-March 31, 2009
First Look: The Walt Disney-Tishman Collection of African Art, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., May 17-December 3, 2006
For Spirits and Kings: African Art from the Paul and Ruth Tishman Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1981
Sculpture of Black Africa: The Paul Tishman Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, October 16, 1968-January 5, 1969; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, August 31-November 1, 1970; University of Texas College of Fine Arts, Austin; City Art Museum, St. Louis, August 20-October 17, 1971; Des Moines Art Center; Huntington Galleries, Huntington, WV
Masterpieces of African Art: Tishman Collection, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Spring-Summer 1967
Arts connus et arts méconnus de l'Afrique noire, Collection Paul Tishman, Musee de l'Homme, Paris, 1966
Published References
Arts connus et arts méconnus de l'Afrique noire, Collection Paul Tishman. 1966. Paris: Musee de l'Homme, no. 88 (not illustrated).
Jenke, Veronika. 2007. Explore! African Vision: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection. Exhibition booklet. Washington, D.C.: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, p. 21.
Kreamer, Christine Mullen, Bryna Freyer and Andrea Nicolls. 2007. African Vision: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection. Washington, D.C.: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, pp. 34-35, no. 6.
Muze'on Yisra'el. 1967. Masterpieces of African Art: Tishman Collection. Jerusalem: The Israel Museum, no. 156.
Nooter, Mary H. 1993. Secrecy: African Art That Conceals and Reveals. New York: The Museum for African Art and Munich: Prestel, pp. 140, 144, no. 57.
Robbins, Warren M. and Nancy Ingram Nooter. 1989. African Art in American Collections. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, p. 352, no. 912.
Sieber, Roy and Arnold Rubin. 1968. Sculpture of Black Africa: The Paul Tishman Collection. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, p. 104, no. 113.
Vogel, Susan (ed). 1981. For Spirits and Kings: African Art from the Paul and Ruth Tishman Collection. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 190-191, no. 113.
Data Source
National Museum of African Art
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Exhibition
Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts
On View
NMAfA, Second Level Gallery (2193)
Geography
Gabon
Usage
Usage conditions apply