Ritual Gourd depicting Legba

Andre Pierre, Haitian, 1914 - 2005


collected 1966

Oil paint on a calabash (kwi)

Overall: 12 13/16 × 9 3/4 in. (32.5 × 24.8 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Micaela and Jack Mendelsohn, Class of 1956



Place Made: Haiti, Caribbean, Central America


20th century

Object Name

Ceremonial Artifact

Research Area


Not on view


Inscribed, in black paint, lower center: leg ba; initialed, in black paint, upper right side: A. P.

Course History

ANTH 7, Haiti and Its Visitors, Chelsey Kivland, Winter 2019

Art History 20.04, Faith and Empire, Beth Mattison, Spring 2023

Spanish 60.04, Caribbean Afrodecendancies, Magdalena Lopez, Spring 2023

History 85.01, African and African American Studies 88.23, The Black Atlantic, Ernesto Mercado-Montero, Winter 2024


The artist, Port-au-Prince, Haiti; sold to Micaela and Jack Mendelsohn, July 1966; collection of Micaela and Jack Mendelsohn, Washington, D.C., 1966-2015; given to present collection, 2015.

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