Ziros Collection of African Ivories

This intimate collection was the gift of KSU Professor Emeritus of History, Dr. Apostolos Ziros and his wife, Kiki, in 2006. Collected by Dimitri Ziros in the early 20th century, the ivories were made primarily by Mangbetu and Azande artists from the Belgian Congo (now the Democratic Republic of Congo). Dimitri travelled to the Lado Region from Greece in 1910 and again in 1916. Objects he collected include two Mangbetu horns with incised drawings by Saza, carved hairpins, and ivory figures. Two sickle-shaped knives in the collection have engraved ivory handles and are notable for being a primary symbol of power for late 19th century Mangbetu. Historically, many of these ivory objects were used for trade, ceremonial purposes, or in warfare.