The Artistry of African Currency

March 12, 2000 – July 23, 2000

National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

Point of View Gallery, Sublevel 1 Floor Plan

This exhibition features the various objects and related paraphernalia that have been used across Africa to facilitate trade and measure wealth; catalogs the types of objects used--cowries, beads, rolled fabric, metal blades, and gold weights; and focuses on how African monies were incorporated into expressions of political and magical power, prestige, and status.