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St Louis Art Museum Nubia: Treasures of Ancient Africa April 18–August 22, 2021

Tyrone Wallace

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ST LOUIS, MO — Saint Louis Art Museum is showing the Nubia: Treasures of Ancient Africa at the Main Exhibition Galleries from April 18 to August 22, 2021.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, $6 for children age 6-12 at $6, and free for children aged five and below. The exhibition is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Friday from 10 am to 9 pm.

Nubia: Treasures of Ancient Africa offered insights into the kingdoms that inhabited the now Sudanese Nile Valley. The Egyptian kingdom frequently overshadowed Nubia, but the domain has a long and glorious past.

Nubia’s civilizations flourished for more than 6,000 years, and the location of Nubia made it a strategic link between central and eastern Africa, western Asia, and the Mediterranean.

The exhibition presented the Nubian’s artistic achievements, including magnificent jewelry, pottery, sculpture, metalwork, and more.

According to Denise Doxie, the curator for Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, there are five must-see things in this exhibition.

First is a group of pottery from Kerma, a thin-walled, almost eggshell thin pottery. Then, the statue of a 7th-century king Senkamanisken. Next is jewelry from the Napatan period. Fourth is the stele and offering table of King Aspelta, which introduced the royal funerary cult. Last on the list is collections of things that became the introduction to the military culture of Nubia.

Nubia: Treasures of Ancient Africa is curated by Denise Doxie and is presented in St. Louis by the Betsy and Thomas Patterson Foundation. Additional support of this exhibition is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; the National Endowment for the Arts; and Tiffany & Co.

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