Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange Across Medieval Saharan Africa


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Princeton University Press
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10.1 X 1.2 X 11.4 inches | 4.25 pounds
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About the Author

Kathleen Bickford Berzock is associate director of curatorial affairs at the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University. She is the author of For Hearth and Altar: African Ceramics from the Keith Achepohl Collection and the coeditor of Representing Africa in American Art Museums: A Century of Collecting and Display.


"Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time features valuable contributions, including recent archaeological research, on various aspects of the trans-Saharan commercial world of northwestern Africa, spanning the longue durée from the earliest markets to contemporary migrations."--Ghislaine Lydon, author of On Trans-Saharan Trails: Islamic Law, Trade Networks, and Cross-Cultural Exchange in Nineteenth-Century Western Africa
"[Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time] argues [that] the desert has always been not just permeable but heavily trafficked, much like the ocean, with trade as well as religions and cultural influences traveling back and forth, and with world-shaping effects. Part of the difficulty in conveying the importance of this region's history has been its paucity of documentation. . . . [The] catalog make[s] up for this spectacularly with [its] display of the region's legacy of artifacts, from pottery shards to sculpture and gold weights and coins."---Howard W. French, New York Review of Books
"Shortlisted for the Alice Award, Furthermore grants in publishing"
"The book is a well-illustrated, well researched companion volume that enlightening reading in its own right."--Current World Archaeology
"[A] richly illustrated tome comprising nineteen essays, underscores the magnitude of Africa's influence on both the medieval world and the continued cultural expression in this region today . . . the depth of research is astounding."---Elizabeth Perrill, CAA Reviews

The best museums and exhibitions ask us to rethink what we think we know. Caravans of Gold, Fragments of
Time . . . reconsiders the story of the medieval West by shifting the viewpoint substantially south, to the Sahara.

"---Cammy Brothers, Wall Street Journal