National Museum of African Art: Ceramics and Museum Shop

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Ceramics are a major theme in African art. Not only are they beautiful, but they are functional – used for carrying water, cooking, and other domestic chores. The ceramic containers featured are currently on display at the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. I encourage everyone who has an opportunity to visit DC to take a trip to this wonderfully sacred space and learn about the creative traditions of our ancestors.

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A high point of any museum trip is discovering what little lovely trinkets are available in the museum shop. I thought that the items below would make great gifts.

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The Eye of Horus necklace.

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Egyptian deities on papyrus.

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Silver and lacquer animal napkin rings.

For information on current exhibits, visit the National Museum of African Artโ€™s website atย africa.si.edu.

Photography by Ajua Hawkins.

Copyright 2014 Ajua Hawkins

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