Kota-Obamba or Ndumu artist, Gabon, Reliquary guardian figure (mbulu ngulu), 19th century, Brass, copper, wood, Collection of Drs. Nicole and John Dintenfass, Photo Courtesy of Vincent Girier Dufournier
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Peace, Power, and Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa

September 17, 2022 - January 8, 2023
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Peace, Power and Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa explores the roles of metal objects in sustaining and enhancing life in African communities, while demonstrating the aesthetic and expressive power of metal arts. For millennia, African metalsmiths have drawn upon the inherent power and beauty of metal to create objects including jewelry, weaponry, regalia, and sacred ceremonial objects. With over 140 pieces, the exhibition includes a diverse range of iron, brass, bronze, gold, copper, silver and alloyed works created by artists in Sub‐Saharan Africa between the 12th and 21st centuries. The selected objects are from the Harn Museum of Art collection and private collections, most notably the Drs. John and Nicole Dintenfass collection.

Peace, Power and Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa is organized by the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida and is made possible with support from the UF Office of the Provost, Dr. Richard H. Davis and Mrs. Jeanne G. Davis, the C. Frederick and Aase B. Thompson Foundation, and the UF Office of Research, with additional support from other generous donors.

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