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.

 

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...
Headdress

Headdress

African Headdress Artist: Unknown Culture/People: Ekoi or Ejagham Place: West Africa Media: Wood, antelope skin, metal, pigment, bone, and raffia Dims: 6.75 x 16 x 22.5 in. (67.9 x 40.6 x 57.1 cm) Date: Late 1800s Description: The Ekoi, also known as Ejagham, are from...