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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Ceremonial Artifacts ➔ East African Mask

This mask is either carved from a very dark wood or has been painted black. It depicts a stylized human face with openings at the eyes, mouth, and ears. The upper teeth are very prominent.;The objects in this collection are significant in their own right as works of art. However, they also help tell the story of the importance of programs like Chapman College's "World Campus Afloat" in the lives of young Americans during the late 1960s. The donor describes his experiences sailing around the world as some of the most profound in his life. Collecting objects like these carvings was a way for American students to learn about and participate in the cultures of the countries they studied and visited.;The 8 carved wooden pieces in this collection were acquired by the donor during the late 1960s as a participant in Chapman College's "World Campus Afloat" program. During this semester at sea, students sailed around the world, taking classes and studying various countries before visiting them in person. The donor collected these pieces from ports on the eastern coast of Africa.;These objects were collected by the donor during stops at various East African ports. Students in the World Campus Afloat program were encouraged to use their time in port to participate in the local culture and economy. The donor did this by observing craftsmen and purchasing examples of their work.
circa 1969
Carved, Painted, Wood, Paint
14" h 6" w 3" d
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Gift Of Chuck Wiersum
Wiersum, Chuck