Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara

  • January 30, 2020 through May 10, 2020
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
This exhibition is the first of its kind to trace the legacy of the mighty states of the Sahel—a vast swath of continental Africa south of the Sahara spanning what is today Senegal, Mali, Mauritania and Niger—and what the peoples of the region produced in the visual arts. The presentation brings into focus transformative developments, such as the rise and fall of political dynasties and the arrival of Islam, through some 150 objects including sculptures in wood, stone, fired clay and bronze; objects in gold and cast metal; woven and dyed textiles; and illuminated manuscripts.
 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Equestrian, 19th–20th century. Bamana peoples. Mali, Ouassabo, Bougouni District. Wood, iron, 130 centimeters.

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