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The Met gives a long-overdue look at an African cultural powerhouse

Feb 04, 2020 - Washington Post Blogs

NEW YORK - In 1324, Mansa Musa, the emperor of Mali, made a pilgrimage to Mecca, where his wealth and largesse became legendary. On his journey, he impressed Islamic scholars with his intellect and temperament, and literally put his country on the map. In an absorbing and inspiring exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mansa Musa appears on an image of the known world made in Majorca about a century later, holding a large nugget of gold in one hand and a European-style scepter in the oth...