february, 2023

17feb3:00 pm4:00 pmTrade and Tradition Lecture SeriesNigerian Bronze

Event Details

Like many other places in the world, the African continent is a landscape that has been interconnected with a larger global dynamic for centuries. While there are communities on the African continent that seem to be isolated from the rest of the world, if we take a closer look we might find that a small, seemingly isolated, community has been connected to a larger world as much in the past as it is today. A closer look must be undertaken when analyzing the materials used by many examples of various African creative traditions. There are instances when materials, found close to home, are used.  Other materials have traveled hundreds, if not thousands of miles, to ultimately be transformed or incorporated into what we call traditional African art.

The second session will look at another material that would literally shape creative traditions in the African continent, bronze. It is a metal with origins on the edge of the Sahara as well as Europe, its exotic origins and exorbitant value would make it an exclusive material for royal arts in places, such as the region now known as Nigeria. By understanding trade on the African continent, the complex history of traditional African cultures can be better understood. These sessions will closely analyze how global many African cultures are. They will also shine a spotlight on how the global synthesizes with the local artistic practices in traditional African cultures and communities.


(Friday) 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Savannah African Art Museum

201 E. 37th Street Savannah, GA 31401


Savannah African Art Museum (SAAM) 201 E 37th St, Savannah, GA 31401