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Southern Africa

The museum’s artworks from southern African emphasize pottery and personal objects such as snuff containers and jewelry. The collection includes examples of objects from Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa.

Tumbuka peoples, Malawi
Beer Vessel
20th century
Clay, pigment, graphite
Diam. 20 in. (50.8 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of William Itter, 2009.72

Yei peoples, Botswana
Skirt and Belt
Before 1960
Antelope hide, glass beads, ostrich shell beads, sinew, fiber, cloth, button
Skirt: W. 31 ¼ in. (79.4 cm); apron (waistband): W. 31 ½ in. (80.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Museum purchase with funds from the Class of 1949 Endowed Curatorship for the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, 2011.3

Mbukushu peoples, Namibia
Wig
ca. 1900
Fiber, beads, leather
H. 21 in. (53.3 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Museum purchase with funds from the Class of 1949 Endowed Curatorship for the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, 2009.70

Northern Nguni, probably Zulu, peoples, South Africa
Necklace (Ulimi)
Late 19th or early 20th century
Beads, fiber
L. 18 ¼ in. (46.4 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 71.78.1

Zulu peoples, South Africa
Married Woman’s Headdress (Isicholo)
20th century
Cloth, fiber, hair, red ochre
Diam. 18 1/8 in. (46 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Budd Stalnaker, 2006.369

Ndebele peoples, South Africa
Wedding Train (Nyoka)
Early 20th century
Glass beads, cotton thread
Total L. 77 in. (195.6 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Claire and Michael Oliver, 81.58

Clive Sithole
South African, b. 1971
Uphiso
2007
Clay
H. 18 in. (45.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Museum purchase with funds from the Class of 1949 Endowed Curatorship for the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, 2007.15

Tsonga (?) peoples, South Africa/Mozambique/Swaziland
Male Figure
Late 19th or early 20th century
Wood, hair, fiber, glass beads
H. 17 3/8 in. (14.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 77.36

Zulu (?) peoples, South Africa
Snuff Container
Late 19th century (?)
Wood
W. 10 ¾ in. (27.3 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection, 2010.29