Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa

  • September 21, 2019 through February 23, 2020
  • Aga Khan Museum, Toronto
Set up as journey along the Sahara's trade routes during a time when West African gold connected peoples and cultures, arts and beliefs across continents, this is the first major exhibition to reveal the shared history of West Africa, North Africa, the Middle East and Europe from the 8th to 16th centuries. Many of the 250 artworks are appearing in North America for the first time. The exhibition draws on recent archeological discoveries, showcasing fragments excavated in major African trading centers, displayed alongside stunning works of art that invite us to imagine the fragments as they once were, to reconsider treasures from the Western canon and to see the past and present in a new light.
Bioconical bead, Egypt or Syria, 10th–11th century. Gold; filigree, granulation, "rope" wire.

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