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Marshall A. Janoff Collection

Donor:
Janoff, Marshall A.  Search this
Artist:
Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969  Search this
Collector:
Robbins, Warren M.  Search this
Extent:
4 Lithographs
1 Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
49 Slides
49 Negatives
1 Sound discs (CD)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Lithographs
Clippings (books, newspapers, etc.)
Slides
Negatives
Sound discs (cd)
Date:
1971-1974
Biographical / Historical:
The Museum of African Art (MAA) was originally located in the Washington, DC residence of Frederick Douglass and became part of the Smithsonian Institution in 1979 and was later renamed the National Museum of African Art (NMAfA) in 1981. During the 15 years that the MAA was in operation, the The Robbins Center (originally called Center for Cross Cultural Communication or CCCC operated under the Museum's name. Following the Museum's inclusion as part of the Smithsonian, it reverted back to its original corporate name with the inclusion of Robbins' name in the title to become the Robbins Center for Cross-Cultural Communication. From 1964 to 1982, Robbins was the Director of the MAA, later becoming the Founding Director Emeritus and Senior Scholar from 1982-1995. After leaving the Smithsonian, Robbins continued his work at the Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communications to apply the perspectives and insights of the social sciences and the arts in public education with particular emphasis on interracial understanding.

One year before the founding of the Frederick Douglass Institute of Negro Arts and History, Robbins asked American artist Ben Shahn (1898-1969) to create a print of Douglass to be used for fund-raising purposes. Shahn created four prints in total.
Related Materials:
Related EEPA collections include: EEPA 2015-013, which contains posters advertizing the Museum of African Art (now the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution) and its exhibits, exhibit brochures, a watercolor painting and photographs by Eliot Elisofon, and museum signage. EEPA 2016-009, which includes ephemera related to the Museum of African Art (now the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art) and 7 photographic prints.

The Ben Shahn papers (AAA.shahben), held at the Archives of American Art, include more correspondence between Shahn and Warren Robbins.The Smithsonian Institution Archives holds the Warren M. Robbins Papers (SIA.FA13-136).
Provenance:
Donated by Marshall A. Janoff, 2017.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
National Museum of African Art  Search this
Citation:
Marshall A. Janoff Collection, EEPA 2017-004, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2017-004
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo7563bef47-bef9-41b4-8bca-1efd13737cd6
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-2017-004

Female figure

Maker:
Fante artist  Search this
Medium:
Wood
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 27.3 × 5.1 × 3.2 cm (10 3/4 × 2 × 1 1/4 in.)
Type:
Figure
Geography:
Ghana
Topic:
Birth  Search this
Female use  Search this
male  Search this
female  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of The Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication in memory of Warren M. Robbins
Object number:
2014-32-18
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7e5e22cd5-ec4f-4d62-b587-e41ad1b426db
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2014-32-18
Online Media:

Bowl

Maker:
Lozi artist  Search this
Medium:
Wood
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 19.7 × 52.1 × 25.4 cm (7 3/4 × 20 1/2 × 10 in.)
Type:
Sculpture
Geography:
Western Province, Zambia
Topic:
bird  Search this
Household  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of The Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication in memory of Warren M. Robbins
Object number:
2014-32-6
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
On View:
NMAfA, Pavilion Gallery
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys74844cea8-e3a4-4d8f-8e26-2664f53390a5
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2014-32-6

Bracelet

Collector:
Marc Grumet  Search this
Donor Name:
Robbins Center for Cross-Cultural Communication  Search this
Diameter:
9 cm
Height:
1 cm
Culture:
Frafra (?)  Search this
Akan (?)  Search this
Object Type:
Bracelet
Place:
Liberia, Africa
Accession Date:
19 May 2017
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
2073315
USNM Number:
E433896-0
See more items in:
Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3906f01c6-862a-4b8c-aca7-87003bcfc351
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_11925224
Online Media:

Headrest

Collector:
Alvin Cohen  Search this
Donor Name:
Robbins Center for Cross-Cultural Communication  Search this
Length:
11 cm
Width:
17 cm
Height:
15 cm
Object Type:
Headrest
Place:
Ethiopia, Africa
Accession Date:
19 May 2017
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
2073315
USNM Number:
E433929-0
See more items in:
Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3ed7f63d0-1172-4df4-8ea3-b6c5d69706a0
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_11925259
Online Media:

Figure

Object Name:
ogo Elegba
Maker:
Yoruba artist  Search this
Medium:
Wood, cowrie shells, leather, metal, coin
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 10.3 x 7.9 x 6.4 cm (4 1/16 x 3 1/8 x 2 1/2 in.)
Type:
Figure
Geography:
Nigeria
Date:
Mid-20th century
Topic:
Adornment  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of the Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication in memory of Warren M. Robbins
Object number:
2010-13-1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys761784e98-aaea-4a03-8339-5efb650646ee
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2010-13-1

Robe

Maker:
Kom artist  Search this
Medium:
Cotton, dyes
Dimensions:
H x W (laying flat): 112.4 × 142.9 cm (44 1/4 × 56 1/4 in.)
Type:
Textile and Fiber Arts
Geography:
Laikom, Cameroon
Date:
1973
Topic:
Leadership  Search this
Adornment  Search this
Male use  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of The Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication in memory of Warren M. Robbins
Object number:
2014-32-1.1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys705a2d76a-9a52-4a2a-8ad4-17ecbc7332ec
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2014-32-1.1
Online Media:

Hat

Maker:
Kom artist  Search this
Medium:
Cotton, dyes
Dimensions:
H x W: 8.9 × 22.2 cm (3 1/2 × 8 3/4 in.)
Type:
Textile and Fiber Arts
Geography:
Laikom, Cameroon
Date:
1973
Topic:
Leadership  Search this
Adornment  Search this
Male use  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of The Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication in memory of Warren M. Robbins
Object number:
2014-32-1.2
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7d59fc794-8e6b-42f0-8ceb-4a1d3138ac26
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2014-32-1.2

Skirt

Maker:
Xhosa artist  Search this
Medium:
Cloth, mother of pearl buttons, glass beads, animal fur trim
Dimensions:
H x W: 109.2 × 154.9 cm (43 × 61 in.)
Type:
Textile and Fiber Arts
Geography:
South Africa
Topic:
Adornment  Search this
Female use  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of The Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication in memory of Warren M. Robbins
Object number:
2014-32-10
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys73f0483b4-1fae-4b4c-969c-04120c95ef27
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2014-32-10

Skirt

Maker:
Xhosa artist  Search this
Medium:
Cloth, mother of pearl buttons, glass beads
Dimensions:
H x W: 137.2 × 116.8 cm (54 × 46 in.)
Type:
Textile and Fiber Arts
Geography:
South Africa
Topic:
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of The Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication in memory of Warren M. Robbins
Object number:
2014-32-11
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7981fe896-fa02-4f0d-9feb-5febb200b252
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2014-32-11

Skirt

Maker:
Iraqw artist  Search this
Medium:
Leather, glass beads, fiber
Dimensions:
H x W without fringe: 109.2 × 182.9 cm (43 × 72 in.)
Type:
Textile and Fiber Arts
Geography:
Tanzania
Date:
Mid-20th century
Topic:
Marriage  Search this
Adornment  Search this
Female use  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of The Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication in memory of Warren M. Robbins
Object number:
2014-32-12
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys72f0a1180-60fe-47d8-9ab9-422021b1ed26
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2014-32-12

Mat

Object Name:
losa
Maker:
Mbole artist  Search this
Medium:
Plant fiber, pigment
Dimensions:
H x W: 53.3 × 29.8 cm (21 × 11 3/4 in.)
Type:
Textile and Fiber Arts
Geography:
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Date:
ca. 1900
Topic:
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of The Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication in memory of Warren M. Robbins
Object number:
2014-32-13
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys785c86b63-7c8b-44c0-96f5-7f7ebc843500
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2014-32-13
Online Media:

Gunpowder flask

Maker:
Undetermined artist  Search this
Medium:
Wood, leather, brass, tacks
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 30.5 × 23.5 × 14 cm (12 × 9 1/4 × 5 1/2 in.)
Type:
Sculpture
Geography:
Morocco
Date:
Late 19th to early 20th century
Topic:
Hunting/Fishing  Search this
Warfare  Search this
Male use  Search this
Male use  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of The Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication in memory of Warren M. Robbins
Object number:
2014-32-14
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7576d7372-6d71-4561-aaa9-5521ad909ffc
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2014-32-14
Online Media:

Sieve

Maker:
Kongo artist  Search this
Medium:
Plant fiber
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 30.5 × 25.4 × 5.1 cm (12 × 10 × 2 in.)
Type:
Sculpture
Geography:
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Date:
ca. 1900
Topic:
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of The Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication in memory of Warren M. Robbins
Object number:
2014-32-15
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7a74f708e-073d-4823-8dc7-10eb87aedb45
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2014-32-15

House of the head

Maker:
Yoruba artist  Search this
Medium:
Cowrie shells, leather, cloth
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 45.7 × 26.7 × 25.4 cm (18 × 10 1/2 × 10 in.)
Type:
Sculpture
Geography:
Nigeria
Date:
Mid 20th century
Topic:
Shrine/Altar  Search this
mother and child  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of The Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication in memory of Warren M. Robbins
Object number:
2014-32-16
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys79179e71a-40f4-462d-ba84-f635899b3fb9
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2014-32-16

Mask

Maker:
Yoruba artist  Search this
Medium:
Wood, paint, fiber
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 78.7 × 30.5 × 26.7 cm (31 × 12 × 10 1/2 in.)
Type:
Mask
Geography:
Benin
Topic:
snake  Search this
Male use  Search this
male  Search this
female  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of The Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication in memory of Warren M. Robbins
Object number:
2014-32-17
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7c4e32edc-210a-49fb-8276-8f4201096ae6
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2014-32-17

Heddle pulley

Maker:
Abron artist  Search this
Kulango artist  Search this
Medium:
Wood
Dimensions:
H: 12.7 cm (5 in.)
Type:
Sculpture
Geography:
Côte d'Ivoire
Date:
late 19th-20th century
Topic:
musical instrument  Search this
furniture  Search this
Weaving  Search this
Male use  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of The Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication in memory of Warren M. Robbins
Object number:
2014-32-19
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7c25078c4-2e45-4c33-907d-a02d5ffbcc0f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2014-32-19

Crest mask

Maker:
Ekpeye artist  Search this
Igbo artist  Search this
Medium:
Wood, pigment
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 22.9 × 113 × 24.1 cm (9 × 44 1/2 × 9 1/2 in.)
Type:
Mask
Geography:
Nigeria
Date:
Mid-20th century
Topic:
pangolin  Search this
Male use  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of the Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication in memory of Warren M. Robbins
Object number:
2014-32-2
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7771862d2-8b3b-4467-abaa-a3aaf5bb1267
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2014-32-2

Knobkerrie

Maker:
Zulu artist  Search this
Medium:
Wood, metal, wire
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 59.7 × 9.2 × 8.3 cm (23 1/2 × 3 5/8 × 3 1/4 in.)
Type:
Sculpture
Geography:
South Africa
Topic:
Male use  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of The Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication in memory of Warren M. Robbins
Object number:
2014-32-20
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7f58bf5ff-2682-4177-a092-0305b22bc25d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2014-32-20

Doll

Maker:
Fali artist  Search this
Medium:
Glass beads, wood, plant fiber, cowrie shells, coins
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 21.6 × 9.5 × 7.6cm (8 1/2 × 3 3/4 × 3in.)
Type:
Sculpture
Geography:
Cameroon
Date:
20th century
Topic:
Female use  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of The Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication in memory of Warren M. Robbins
Object number:
2014-32-21
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7e24271c5-8093-4587-8ec3-1eb2015b311d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2014-32-21

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