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.

 

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...
Cosmetic Box

Cosmetic Box

African Cosmetic Box Artist: Unknown Culture/People: Kuba Place: Democratic Republic of the Congo Media: Wood, camwood pigment Dims: 2.5 x 14 x 5.25 in. (6.3 x 13.3 cm). Date: Early 20th C. Description: Elaborately carved Kuba boxes are used to store and ground red...
Maiden Mask

Maiden Mask

African Maiden Mask Artist: Unknown Culture/People: Igbo Place: Nigeria, West Africa Media: Wood and pigment Dims: 18.5 x 8.5 v 12.25 in. (46.9 x 21.6 x 31.1 cm). Date: Early 20th C. Description: In the north-central region (Awkwa area) of where the Igbo live, masks...
Gelede Headdress

Gelede Headdress

African Headdress Artist: Unkown Culture/People: Yoruba, Nigeria or Benin Place: West Africa Media: Wood Dims: 13.75 x 7.5 x 10.5 in. (35 x 19 x 26.7 cm). Date: c.1920 Description: The Gelede, a men’s association honoring the special powers of women, holds it...
Head

Head

African Head Artist: Unkown Culture/People: Yombe or Vili Place: Zaire Media: Wood, glass, and pigment Dims: 4.75 x 2.25 x 2.75 in. Date: late 19th C. Description: This very beautiful Yombe head may well have been cut out of a larger figure, or even more probable it...