Category: African

The Coe has over 180 African objects, spanning many years—jewelry, baskets, masks, and figures. This is just a small sample of what you can see at the Coe.

 

Snuff Container

Snuff Container

African Snuff Container Artist:Ndzaleni Dlamini (attrib.) Culture/People: Zulu Place: South Africa Media: Brass and copper wire Dims: 3.5 x 2 in. (8.9 x 5 cm). Date: c.1945-50 Description: When the echoing ancestral lands call you, and when there is a need for...
Necklace Ornament

Necklace Ornament

African Neck Ornament Artist: Unknown Culture/People: Zulu Place: South Africa Media: Trade beads and fiber Dims: 45 x 1.5 in. (114.3 x 3.8 cm). Date: c.1890 Description: The Message on the Zulu Beaded Necklace: The culture, language, and rich tradition of the Zulu...
Basket

Basket

African Basket Artist: Zodwa Maphumulo Culture/People: Zulu Place: South Africa Media: Telephone wire Dims: 5 (tall) x 17 in. diam. (43.1 cm). Date: c. 2006 Description: Feminine Poetry: The story goes that telephone wire basket weaving, or Imbenge, was invented by...
Ladle

Ladle

African Ladle Artist: Unknown Culture/People: Zulu Place: South Africa Media: Wood Dims: 13.5 x 2.25 in. (34.3 x 5.7 cm). Date: c. 1900 Description: The Zulu Empire was one of the most undermined and unknown empires of today. Despite it being famous for King Shaka...
Elephant Gold Weight

Elephant Gold Weight

African Elephant Gold Weight Artist: Unknown Culture/People: Akan/Asante Place: Ghana, Africa Media: Brass Dims: 1 x 2 in. (2.54 x 5 cm). Date: Mid to late 19th century Description: One who follows the track of the elephant never gets wet from the dew on the...