African
Figural Gold Weight

Figural Gold Weight

Figural Gold Weight Artist: Artist Once KnownCulture/People: Ashante/AkanPlace: Ghana, West AfricaMedia: BronzeDims: 2.75 x 1 x .5 in. (7.6 x 2.5 x 1.3 cm)Date: late 19th century RTC No. AF0138Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011DescriptionThis small bronze figure, carrying an...

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Headdress (Chi Wara/Ci Wara)

Headdress (Chi Wara/Ci Wara)

Headdress (Chi Wara/Ci Wara) Artist:  Artist Once KnownCulture/People:  BamanaPlace: Mali, West Africa, Bamako regionaMedia: Wood, metalDims: 37.1 x 16 x 2.5 in. (94.3 x 40.6 x 6.3 cm.)Date: c. 1900RTC No.: AF0079Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011DescriptionBamana (also known...

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Tchokwe Comb

Tchokwe Comb

Tchokwe Comb Artist: UnkownCulture/People: TchokwePlace: Congo (Central Africa)Media: Wood, pigment (?)Dims: 5.87 x 2.25 x .5 in. (14.9 x 5.7 x 1.2 cm).Date: x. 1920RTC No.: AF0040Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011DescriptionIn the realm of functional beauty, Tchokwe combs...

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Snuff Container

Snuff Container

Snuff Container Artist:Ndzaleni Dlamini (attrib.)Culture/People: ZuluPlace: South AfricaMedia: Brass and copper wireDims: 3.5 x 2 in. (8.9 x 5 cm).Date: c. 1945-50RTC No: AF0052Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011Description When the echoing ancestral lands call you, and when...

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Necklace Ornament

Necklace Ornament

Neck Ornament Artist: UnknownCulture/People: ZuluPlace: South AfricaMedia: Trade beads and fiberDims: 45 x 1.5 in. (114.3 x 3.8 cm).Date: c. 1890RTC No: AF0046Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011Description The Message on the Zulu Beaded Necklace: The culture, language, and...

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Basket

Basket

Basket Artist: Zodwa MaphumuloCulture/People: ZuluPlace: South AfricaMedia: Telephone wireDims: 5 (tall) x 17 in. diam. (43.1 cm).Date: c. 2006RTC No: AF0032Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011Description Feminine Poetry: The story goes that telephone wire basket weaving, or...

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Ladle

Ladle

Ladle Artist: UnknownCulture/People: ZuluPlace: South AfricaMedia: WoodDims: 13.5 x 2.25 in. (34.3 x 5.7 cm).Date: c. 1900RTC No: AF0088Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011Description The Zulu Empire was one of the most undermined and unknown empires of today. Despite it being...

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Elephant Gold Weight

Elephant Gold Weight

Elephant Gold Weight Artist: UnknownCulture/People: Akan/AsantePlace: Ghana, AfricaMedia: BrassDims: 1 x 2 in. (2.54 x 5 cm).Date: Mid to late 19th centuryRTC No: AF0137Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011Description One who follows the track of the elephant never gets wet from...

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Iwisa Club (Knobkerrie)

Iwisa Club (Knobkerrie)

Iwisa Club (Knobkerrie) Artist: UnknownCulture/People: ZuluPlace: South AfricaMedia: Wood and wire wrapDims: 26.25 x 2.75 in. (66.6 x 6.9 cm)Date: Late 19th/early 20th C.RTC No: AF0055Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011Description Although tall and slender, don't let its looks...

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Female Figure

Female Figure

Female Figure Artist: UnknownCulture/People: TabwaPlace: CongoMedia: Wood, beads, and pigmentDims: 7.75 x 1.375 x 1.5 in. (19.6 x 3.4 x 3.8 cm),Date: c. 1900RTC No: AF0060Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011Description This elegant figure was created in the Lake Tanganyika...

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Mask

Mask

Mask Artist: UnknownCulture/People: KubaPlace: Democratic Republic of CongoMedia: Fiber, raffia, cowrie shells, beads, wood, and metalDims: 23.5 x 12.75 in. (59.7 x 32.3 cm).Date: c. 1930RTC No: AF0097Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011Description This incredible Kuba mask is...

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Cosmetic Box

Cosmetic Box

Cosmetic Box Artist: UnknownCulture/People: KubaPlace: Democratic Republic of the CongoMedia: Wood, camwood pigmenDims: 2.5 x 14 x 5.25 in. (6.3 x 13.3 cm).Date: Early 20th C.RTC No: AF0043Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011DescriptionElaborately carved Kuba boxes are used to...

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