Collections

Background The collections of African Art in the Permanent Collection of the South African (SA) National Gallery mirror the histories of…
The Ancient and Classical Cultures are well represented by artefacts from Egypt dating from the Predynastic to Graeco-Roman Periods. The Predynastic…
Bear skull Pleistocene fossils: fossil and sub-fossil terrestrial, marine and freshwater vertebrates and invertebrates including the Elandsfontein,…
Lindsay Scott Teapot and tea bowl, KwaZulu-Natal, 2011 Photograph by Carina BeyerIziko holds ceramics that originate from many parts of the world,…
Iziko has as part of its collections an extensive collection of artefacts from several sites in and around Cape Town. Colonial archaeological…
Unlike Iziko’s collections of Historical or Modern art,  the ambit of the collection of Contemporary Paintings and Sculpture shifts with time, as…
Excavated from lake deposits formed in the ancient volcanic craters in Northern Cape- this collection provides a unique insight into pond life 70…
Cape stinkwood bureau, 1770The furniture collection contains a substantial amount of South African furniture, dating from the seventeenth to…
The glass collection includes items bearing the monogram of the Dutch East India Company (VOC), and the Rosa van Gelderen Collection, a small but…
Henry Raeburn (1756 – 1823) Portrait of William Ferguson and his Son, oil on canvas, Sir Abe Bailey Bequest, Iziko South African National Gallery  …
Progalesaurus Late Carbonifereous fossils: palaeoniscud and acanthodian fishes from the Witteberg Group. Permian to early Jurassic fossils: from…
Entomology: insects, arachnids and myriapods Terrestrial molluscs: terrestrial and freshwater species. See also: Marine Invertebrates
Ammonite Cretaceous fossils: several thousand ammonite specimens Cretaceous to Recent micro fossils: marine and freshwater Ostracoda, Crustacea and…
These collections comprise material mostly from Africa, with a special emphasis on southern Africa. Some of the older collections include objects…
Approximately 6500 vertebrates (including 400 type specimens), mainly synapsids that have been collected from the main Karoo Basin over the past 150…
The numismatic collection includes a medal collection consisting mainly of pre-union Cape campaign medals, commemorative medals, and Cape-related…
The Kraal (1948) Alexis Preller 1911-1975. Oil on canvas on cardboard. Iziko South African National Gallery  Modernism is not easy to define, but…
A few important acanthodian fish remains from the Bokkeveld Group.
Star fish Invertebrates: crustaceans, cephalopods, shelled molluscs, polychaetes (J.H. Day collection) and  hydroids Vertebrates: bony and…
An extremely large textile collection includes flags, household linen, Indonesian ikats and batiks, Oriental carpets, samples and embroideries, as…
Mammals: study skins and osteological collections of mainly southern African species Birds: study skins, eggs and osteological collections of mainly…
Cape silver coffeepot by Frans Hillegers, c. 1790. (SACHM71/50)Of special interest is the silver collection, especially the Cape silver. The Heller…
Calcite Rocks and minerals: some 10 000 specimens Meteorites: iron and stony (chondrite) meteorites and a rare carbonaceous chondrite.
The Saldanha calvarium (archaic Homo sapiens) from Elandsfontein, Western Cape, dating to about 500 000 years ago.Pre-colonial archaeology…
Cranequin crossbow, German, 16th century Weaponry from all over the world including Africa and Southern Africa forms a large part of the Social…
The toy collection contains mainly dolls, some soft toys, and games. The Van der Merwe marionettes in the collection depict well-known politicians of…
Four-wheeled wagon also known as a molwa. (SACHM87-693) .The transport section contains about thirty coaches, wagons and carts – most being part of…
Fine and interesting examples of paintings and decorative arts of special relevance to the Cape are to be found in the William Fehr Collection.…
A large collection of woodworking tools enhances the furniture collection and was documented and donated by Captain W. J. Van der Merwe, and consists…
PHOTOGRAPHY The Photography and New Media Collections are amongst the ‘youngest’ of Iziko South African National Gallery’s permanent collections’…