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July 2020

Vol. 162 | No. 1408

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Editorial

Museums for troubled times

Slowly the world’s museums are beginning to unlock their doors. The pattern of reopening is largely following the progress of the pandemic, with those in countries that were struck first or that escaped comparatively lightly leading the way: the Uffizi reopened on 3rd June, three days before the Prado; by then most museums in Germany had been open for a month. 

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Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa

In 1324, Mansā Mūsā, the Muslim ruler of the empire of Māli and the richest man in the history of the world, set out on a pilgrimage to Mecca. His route took him along the central trans-Saharan caravan route to Cairo, where he joined the Hajj caravan to Mecca. He travelled with a retinue of eight thousand men and one hundred camels, each carrying three hundred pounds of gold.

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    By Vanessa Harding
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