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South Africa’s golden rhino to star in British Museum exhibition

The guardian | Mark Brown:

One of Africa’s greatest treasures, the 800-year-old golden rhinoceros of Mapungubwe, is to leave the continent for the first time as part of a British Museum exhibition exploring 100,000 years of South African art. More than 200 exhibits will be displayed at the show, opening in October, but securing loans of the rhino and other extraordinary gold objects is particularly significant. “The curator in charge of those objects has called them Africa’s crown jewels and I think he is right in saying that,” said John Giblin, head of the British Museum’s Africa section… Read more

Image:  The golden rhinoceros and other figures were marginalised by the apartheid government because they contradicted its narrative of an empty land. Photograph: Stefan Heunis/AFP/Getty

2018-10-23T18:35:59+00:00