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Hood Museum of Art
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

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Southern Africa

The Hood’s collection of art from southern Africa is comprised of over two hundred objects, most of which were collected in South Africa, particularly among the Zulu and Baca peoples. In 1885, Josiah Tyler, son of Dartmouth College President Bennet Tyler and a missionary in South Africa, gave a collection of Zulu objects to the Dartmouth College Museum. These were mostly everyday objects, such as a wooden headrest, but they also included a beaded snuff container. In 1966, Dartmouth Professor of Anthropology James W. Fernandez sold to the museum almost sixty examples of Zulu art, including the ever-popular beaded  “love letters,” a wooden headrest, and feather headdresses, expanding the existing colonial-era collection to include the arts of modern South Africa as well.

Last Updated: 1/8/14