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Images from Inscribing Meaning, Writing and Graphic Systems in African Art at the National Museum of African Art.

WAYS OF KNOWING

Bi-Folio from the Qur'an

Bi-Folio from the Qur’an
Egypt
Late 14th century
Ink, pigment, and gold on paper
H x W: 37.8 x 53.2 cm. (14 7/8 x 20 15/16 in.]
Sackler Gallery, S1995.115a-d

INSCRIBING THE BODY

amultetring

Amulet ring
Undetermined peoples
Morocco
Early 20th century
Silver alloy
H x W x D: 3.2 x 3.2 x 2.4 cm (1 1/4 x 1 1/4 x 15/16 in.)
Gift of Ivo Grammet
2003-9-1

SACRED SPIRITS

amulet

Amulet (hatumere)
Limba peoples
Sierra Leone
Mid 20th century
Paper, colored inks
H x W x D: 46 x 14 x 1.1 cm (18 1/8 x 5 1/2 x 7/16 in.)
Gift of Simon Ottenberg
2003-13-5 [squares, dark tan background]

ManWifeSoninMirror

The Man, His Wife and Son in the Mirror
Victor Ekpuk, b. 1964, Nigeria
2000-2001
Acrylic on wood board H x W: 123 x 58 cm. (48 27/64 x 22 53/64 in.)
Loan of the artist

INSCRIBING POWER

wrapper

Wrapper
Asante peoples
Ghana
Mid-late 19th century
Imported cotton cloth, black pigment
H x W: 210.8 x 302.3 cm (83 x 119 in.)
Museum purchase
83-3-8

WORDS UNBOUND, EXPLORING THE BOOK

Tribute to Hampath? Ba

Tribute to Hampath? Ba
Abdoulaye Ndoye, b. 1951, Senegal
2006
Paper, ink, henna, leather
H x W x D: 33.65 x 25.40 x 1.9 cm. opened, as will be displayed (13 _ x 10 x _ in.)
Collection of the Artist
TC 3-2006-1

WORD PLAY

Calligrams

Calligrams
Nja Mahdaoui born 1937, Tunisia
Ink on paper
H x W: 41.2 x 51 cm (16 1/4 x 20 1/16 in.)
Purchased with funds provided by the Smithsonian Collections
Acquisition Program
96-20-13

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