The African Origin of Civilization

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By Diana Patch and Alisa LaGamma

This Bulletin highlights five millennia of extraordinary artistic production on the African continent. Twenty-one pairings unite masterpieces from the Museum's collections of ancient Egyptian and West and Central African art to reveal unexpected parallels and contrasts across time and cultures. The title pays special homage to Senegalese scholar and humanist Cheikh Anta Diop, whose book The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality (1974) challenged prevailing attitudes and advocated for recentering Africa as the source of humanity's common ancestors and many widespread cultural practices. Building on Diop's premise, this volume allows readers to delve into the rich histories and diverse artistic traditions from the cradle of human creativity.

By Diana Patch and Alisa LaGamma

This Bulletin highlights five millennia of extraordinary artistic production on the African continent. Twenty-one pairings unite masterpieces from the Museum's collections of ancient Egyptian and West and Central African art to reveal unexpected parallels and contrasts across time and cultures. The title pays special homage to Senegalese scholar and humanist Cheikh Anta Diop, whose book The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality (1974) challenged prevailing attitudes and advocated for recentering Africa as the source of humanity's common ancestors and many widespread cultural practices. Building on Diop's premise, this volume allows readers to delve into the rich histories and diverse artistic traditions from the cradle of human creativity.

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Authors: Diana Patch and Alisa LaGamma
  • Pages: 48 pages
  • Illustrations: 54
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 8 1/2'' x 11''
  • ISBN: 9781588397508
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