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Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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With unprecedented loans from Mauritania, Senegal, Mali and Niger, this show tells the story of civilisation in the Sahel. Sculptures, textiles and manuscripts touch on such key moments as the birth of urbanism and the rise of Islam. Find out more from the Metropolitan Museum’s website.

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Equestrian figure (19th–20th century), Bamana, Mali. Photo: Peter Zeray; © Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Equestrian figure (3rd–10th century),Niger

Equestrian figure (3rd–10th century), Niger. Photo: Maurice Ascani.

Kneeling Female Figure with Crossed Arms (12–14th century), Middle Niger civilisation, Mali.

Kneeling Female Figure with Crossed Arms (12–14th century), Middle Niger civilisation, Mali. Courtesy Menil Collection

Tunic (before 1659), West Africa.

Tunic (before 1659), West Africa. photo by Oleg Kuchar, Ulm; © Museum Ulm–Weickmann Collection

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