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 11.4 X 1.2 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.
"Co-winner of the Triennial Arnold Rubin Outstanding Publication Award for a Multi-Author Book, Arts Council of the African Studies Association"
"Winner of a Catalogue Curatorial Award for Excellence, Association of Art Museum Curators"
"Finalist for the PROSE Award in Art Exhibitions, Association of American Publishers"
"Shortlisted for the Alice Award, Furthermore grants in publishing"
"[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
"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
. . . reconsiders the story of the medieval West by shifting the viewpoint substantially south, to the Sahara.

"---Cammy Brothers, Wall Street Journal
"The book brings together a wealth of scholarly information not otherwise easily available in a single source, making it an extremely valuable resource for teachers and scholars. It is also beautifully produced, written in a clear and straightforward manner, and fairly priced...Caravans of Gold, book and exhibition, achieve the objective of making the history of medieval Africa captivating and accessible to a wide range of people--many who will be unfamiliar with this history. It does so through combining cutting-edge scholarship with beautiful objects."---Jean M. Borgatti, International Journal of African Historical Studies
"[Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time], an ambitious catalogue, doesn't simply redraw the boundaries of what constituted the medieval world, but argues for West Africa's central importance in the complex systems of trade, exchange and interaction between Asia and Europe."---Lloyd de Bee, London Review of Books