Discover how brass and copper once featured as mediums of exchange, status and power in Africa through highlights of the museum’s 19th and early 20th century collections from west and central Africa.
  • Spoon of beaten brass sheet with shallow circular bowl and flat rectangular handle ornamented with repoussé work: West Africa, Ghana, Asante, late 19th to early 20th century

    Spoon of beaten brass sheet with shallow circular bowl and flat rectangular handle ornamented with repoussé work: West Africa, Ghana, Asante, late 19th to early 20th century
  • Ceremonial axe with copper blade, wooden shaft carved in the form of a woman pounding grain and grip bound in copper ribbon: Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Katanga, late 19th century

    Ceremonial axe with copper blade, wooden shaft carved in the form of a woman pounding grain and grip bound in copper ribbon: Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Katanga, late 19th century
  • Cast brass goldweight representing a chief's asipim chair: West Africa, Ghana, Asante, late 19th century

    Cast brass goldweight representing a chief's asipim chair: West Africa, Ghana, Asante, late 19th century
  • Brass box for holding gold-dust, rectangular with lid decorated with relief scrolls, produced by lost-wax casting: West Africa, Ghana, Asante, late 19th to early 20th century

    Brass box for holding gold-dust, rectangular with lid decorated with relief scrolls, produced by lost-wax casting: West Africa, Ghana, Asante, late 19th to early 20th century
  • Heavy cast brass collar worn by the head wife of a chief: Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mongo, early 20th century

    Heavy cast brass collar worn by the head wife of a chief: Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mongo, early 20th century


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Bowl and cover of beaten brass sheet, plain hemispherical bowl with flat base, and domed cover ornamented with repoussé work: West Africa, Nigeria, Kogi State, Lokoja, early 20th century

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When

8 Feb - 25 Aug 2019
10:00 - 17:00

Where

National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh - Exhibition Gallery 3, Level 1

How much

Free

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