Collections

Background The collections of African Art in the Permanent Collection of the South African (SA) National Gallery mirror the histories of…
Artefacts from the so-called Ancient and Classical Cultures are well represented in the collections of Iziko Museums of South Africa. These include…
Cenozoic Palaeontology  The Cenozoic period spans the Palaeogene (66 million years ago (Ma)) to the Quaternary (Holocene - present). During the late…
Lindsay Scott Teapot and tea bowl, KwaZulu-Natal, 2011 Photograph by Carina Beyer Iziko holds ceramics that originate from many parts of the…
The Shipwreck and Historical Archaeology collections do not have dedicated collection managers and are administered by the researchers from the Iziko…
Unlike Iziko’s collections of Historical or Modern art,  the ambit of the collection of Contemporary Paintings and Sculpture shifts with time, as…
Cape stinkwood bureau, 1770 The 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…
Introduction The Karoo is a vast semi-desert region that covers much of inland South Africa, and is considered a national treasure for its abundance…
Introduction Terrestrial invertebrates are animals without vertebral columns (backbones/spines) that live primarily or totally on land, and fall…
Introduction Invertebrate palaeontology is the study of fossils of animals with no backbone or spine. Fossils are the remains or impressions of a…
These collections comprise material mostly from Africa, with a special emphasis on southern Africa. Some of the older collections include objects…
The Department of Prints and Drawings is responsible for the care and acquisition of all works on paper. For prudent financial reasons over the years…
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,…
Marine mammals are a large and diverse group of 129 species that include seals, whales, dolphins, walruses and even polar bears. They share…
Star fish Marine Invertebrates: crustaceans, cephalopods, shelled molluscs, polychaetes (J.H. Day collection) and  hydroids Marine Fishes: bony…
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…
Cape silver coffeepot by Frans Hillegers, c. 1790. (SACHM71/50) Of special interest is the silver collection, especially the Cape silver. The…
Minerals Minerals are commonly described as homogenous, naturally occurring solids with a definite chemical composition and a distinct arrangement of…
Iziko’s Archaeology Unit has vast collections relating to the prehistoric archaeological record of South Africa. These include material culture from…
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’…