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.

 

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...
Iwisa Club (Knobkerrie)

Iwisa Club (Knobkerrie)

African Iwisa Club (Knobkerrie) Artist: Unknown Culture/People: Zulu Place: South Africa Media: Wood and wire wrap Dims: 26.25 x 2.75 in. (66.6 x 6.9 cm) Date: Late 19th/early 20th C. Description: Although tall and slender, don’t let its looks mislead you. Ted...
Female Figure

Female Figure

Native American Female Figure Artist: Unknown Culture/People: Tabwa Place: Congo Media: Wood, beads, and pigment Dims: 7.75 x 1.375 x 1.5 in. (19.6 x 3.4 x 3.8 cm), Date: c. 1900 Description: This elegant figure was created in the Lake Tanganyika region of the...
Mask

Mask

African Mask Artist: Unknown Culture/People: Kuba Place: Democratic Republic of Congo Media: Fiber, raffia, cowrie shells, beads, wood, and metal Dims: 23.5 x 12.75 in. (59.7 x 32.3 cm). Date: c. 1930 Description: This incredible Kuba mask is a mukyeem mask, a form...