National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh: The Art of African Metalwork

National Museum of Scotland: The Art of African Metalwork


A display at the National Museum of Scotland explores how brass and copper were used as objects of exchange, status and power in West and Central Africa, where the creation and trade of elaborate, decorated metalwork has been widespread for centuries. Objects in The Art of African Metalwork range from 19th and early 20th-century currency to ceremonial weaponry and items used for personal adornment. Part of a complex trade network, the objects were beaten, burnished, coiled or cast in brass and copper by highly skilled metalworkers and were of significant cultural value.


National Museum of Scotland
Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1JF

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