The Collections

Collectables (Africa)

Created: 25.04.14


  • Name
  • Artist / Maker
  • Date made
  • ID
  • Unknown
    19th century
    ZBA2430
    Loango tusk

    This carved elephant tusk was produced on the Loango coast, between Cape Lopez and the Zaire River in West Africa. Loango carvers probably made it in the late 19th century for sale to European buyers. Depending on the size, the…

  • Unknown
    circa 1894
    1946-326
    Single-head drum

    A single head drum the body hollowed out of one block of wood. The head and handles made of cow hide with the hair partly left on. It has hide carrying handles. The shape is cylindro-conical with the skin indirectly…

  • Unknown
    L3(91)
    Ostrich egg

    Ostrich egg, with hole at the top to blow out the contents, painted in oilswith an oval scene of African life. A tribesman stands in front of a hut with two other huts in the near foreground and a plam…

  • Unknown
    1897
    M1956-13
    fan

    A circular shape fan made of cow hide with the brown and white hair left on. The decoration is made of red woollen trade cloth sewn on with hide thongs. The fan has a wooden hide-covered handle with carving at…

  • Unknown
    19th century
    AAA2846

    Wooden polished club of oblong section, flared at both ends, decorated with a shallow incised design. A cotton collar in the narrow section. Said to have been brought back from Captain Cook's 1776 expedition, but more likely to be a…

  • Unknown
    late 19th century
    ZBA2454
    Benin chair seat

    This woodcarving is probably a stool panel from the kingdom of Benin, in today’s Nigeria. The precise date of the carving is uncertain. It may have been made as a specially commissioned object for the Oba (King) of Benin, showing…

  • Unknown
    circa 1900
    ZBA2450
    Akan gold weight

    Akan gold weight, in the form of a human figure, his hands bound. The Akan are a group of related peoples who live in central and southern Ghana and the eastern part of Côte d’Ivoire. From the late fourteenth century,…

  • Unknown
    W1980-51.3
    ju-ju pot

    A pear-shaped clay jar with a slightly flared neck and rounded base. It is decorated with horizontal incised lines. The jar was collected by Capt. Bryan Smith on 30 March 1980 from Aba River, just downstream from the bridge at…

  • Unknown
    before 1895
    M1956-5
    shrine figure

    Human figure carved from a single piece of wood. It is wearing a top hat and and a necklace of blue beads. It holds a wooden machete attached with a nail. The figure probably represents the spirit of an ancestor.…

  • Unknown
    circa 1870
    AAA2823
    shield

    An oval cow hide shield, reinforced down the centre with two hide strips running through slots. The reinforcement pole that should run down the back is missing. This was held in place by eight triangular pieces of hide at the…