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.

 

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...
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...