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

  • through July 21, 2019
  • Northwestern University Block Museum of Art, Evanston, Illinois
This exhibit challenges the colonial stereotype of "timeless Africa," a continent cut off from the dynamics of history. This is the first major exhibition to take stock of the material culture of early trans-Saharan trade and to offer strong evidence of the central but little-recognized role Africa played in global medieval history. Among the materials on view are sculptures, jewelry, household and luxury objects, manuscripts and architectural remnants, all united by their connections to routes of exchange across the Sahara from the eighth to the 16th centuries.
Northwestern Block Museum of Art

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