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Crucifix
Crucifix
Woman with child on the cross.
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Proverb pot lid
Proverb pot lid
This woman wants to make a cooking fire on three stones but there is no pot to be seen; her husband has apparently brought no food. With this pot lid, a woman could subtly complain about a lazy husband.
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chrysocolla
chrysocolla
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 Zoomorphic slit drum 
 Zoomorphic slit drum 
African musical instruments are often much more than just objects that produce sound. This slit drum or 'talking drum' is in fact a means of communication, a voice that conveys messages between the villages of an particular community. The village drummer transforms spoken language into rhytmic codes.
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Mask
Mask
The life of a Salampasu man was punctuated by initiations to a wide variety of brotherhoods which contributed to his prestige and social ascension. A mask like this is from one of these associations. The generic name for this type of mask was mufuampo ("the ancestor of raffia"). The masks of a brotherhood primarily appeared at the funerals of members.
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Great Blue Turaco
Great Blue Turaco
A turaco, a group of African near-passerines.
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Banknote
Banknote
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cassiterite
cassiterite
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Helmeted guineafowl
Helmeted guineafowl
The helmeted guineafowl (Numida meleagris) is the best known of the guineafowl bird family, Numididae, and the only member of the genus Numida. It is native to Africa, mainly south of the Sahara, and has been widely introduced into the West Indies, Brazil, Australia and Europe (e.g. southern France).
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