The Art of Africa

Discover the diverse arts of Africa from select cultures and time periods on the world’s second largest continent.

silk coptic grid
By the seventh and eighth centuries in Egypt, patterns on the highest-quality silk panels had become extremely sophisticated and complex

Coptic silk panel

kilwa sherd grid
These pieces of broken pots were picked up on a beach in Tanzania, East Africa, and they come from pots that were actually made as far away as China or the Middle East.

Kilwa pot sherds