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Desert Empires: Wonders to Behold; Critic’s Pick

Jan 30, 2020 - The New York Times

Two hundred rare objects at the Metropolitan Museum trace the remarkable history and cultural heritage of kingdoms on the shores of the Sahara.

Bucket lists form early. When I was, maybe, 10, flipping through books in my grandfather’s house I came across a photograph of the Great Mosque at Djenné in Mali, West Africa, and thought, this is the strangest, most wonderful, most outer-space building I’ve ever seen. Beige-color and turreted, it was as soft-edged as a sand castle, but huge, ...