Mowers Liberian Artifact Collection

Title

Mowers Liberian Artifact Collection

Date

1930

Description

Liberian art and artifacts including hand crafted weapons, basketry and utilitarian items that were collected in the 1930's by missionary Rev. Francis Carlton. This collection includes examples of West African metalwork and woodworking.

Subject

Art, Liberian
Weapons
Art, West African--20th century

Extent

7 boxes, 2 scuptures

Is Part Of

Art Collections

Table Of Contents

Box 1

  1. Carving tool (21 in)


Box 2

  1. Metal tipped arrow (25.25 in)

  2. Woven quiver (18 in. ) with reed arrows (27 in)

Box 3

  1. Hand-woven tote with multi colored stitching (17 in)

  2. Red and black leather bag with cross-hatched patterns (24 in)

  3. Small hand-woven bag with button closure (one button missing) (14 in)

  4. Hand-woven fan with green and blue accents (12.25 in)

Box 4

  1. Metal spear tip (13 in)

  2. Metal spear base (8.652 in)

  3. Rod with leather accents (14.5 in)


Box 5

  1. Woven textile, blue/white stripes


Box 6

  1. Mbira (finger piano) with gourd base and metal keys (10 .125 x 9 x 4.25) (ON DISPLAY)

  2. Ceramic bowl with painted fish pattern (5.25 x 1.5)

  3. Bracelets, hand woven and made of natural fibers


Box 7

  1. Small hand woven basket tray (15 x 14 in) (ON DISPLAY)

  2. Large hand woven basket tray (21 x 18 in)

  3. Sword in leather sheath (27 in)


ARC STORAGE (not on shelf, back wall)

  1. Standing female figure. Stained, hand carved wooden female figure with ringed neck, stylized hair and shoes (40.5 x 8  x 7 in)

  2. Standing male figure. Stained hand carved wooden male figure with cropped hair and shoes and one broken foot (41.5 x 7.5 x 6 in)

  3. Spear with leather and faux fur accents (54 in)

  4. Wooden bow (45.5 in)

Type

Collection

Identifier

10.MOWR.2017.01

Access Rights

This collection is available for viewing in Philander Smith College Archives.

Provenance

This collection was donated to the College by Barbara and Fred Mowers on October 11, 2017. Mrs. Mowers received the Liberian artifacts in this collection from her uncle, Rev. Francis Carlton, the original collector of the items.

Finding Aid by

L. Stacey

Accession by

L. Stacey

Accession date

2017-10-19

Accession number

10.MOWR.2017.01

Acquisition Type

Donation from Barbara and Fred Mowers.

Date received

2017-10-11

Repository

D. W. Reynolds Library, Archives and Special Collections, Philander Smith College.

Storage location

ARC STOR 36D-F

Social Bookmarking

Collection

Citation

“Mowers Liberian Artifact Collection,” Philander Smith College Digital Archive, accessed August 8, 2022, https://pscdigitalarchive.omeka.net/items/show/941.