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Ring money, West Africa

National Museum of American History
The phrase ring money refers to metal rings that may have been used in exchange or for jewelry in West Africa. These rings were made from various metals including silver, brass, and copper. Due to limited information about the origins of the ring money in the National Numismatic Collection it is not possible to determine if this specific object was used as a medium of exchange, worn as jewelry, or produced as a replica.

Trade Beads, West Africa

National Museum of American History
Beads have served as a medium of exchange around the globe. Many different types of beads have been used in transactions on the continent of Africa including those made from glass, coral, shell, and stone. Aggrey beads are a type of bead that was used for jewelry as well as trade in West Africa, especially modern day Ghana and Nigeria. They are often blue in color and cylindrical in shape. Due to limited information about the origins of the beads in the National Numismatic Collection it is not possible to determine if this specific object was used as a medium of exchange, worn as jewelry, or produced as a replica.

Trade Bead, West Africa

National Museum of American History
Beads have served as a medium of exchange around the globe. Many different types of beads have been used in transactions on the continent of Africa including those made from glass, coral, shell, and stone. Aggrey beads are a type of bead that was used for jewelry as well as trade in West Africa, especially modern day Ghana and Nigeria. They are often blue in color and cylindrical in shape. Due to limited information about the origins of the beads in the National Numismatic Collection it is not possible to determine if this specific object was used as a medium of exchange, worn as jewelry, or produced as a replica.

Trade Bead, West Africa

National Museum of American History
Beads have served as a medium of exchange around the globe. Many different types of beads have been used in transactions on the continent of Africa including those made from glass, coral, shell, and stone. Aggrey beads are a type of bead that was used for jewelry as well as trade in West Africa, especially modern day Ghana and Nigeria. They are often blue in color and cylindrical in shape. Due to limited information about the origins of the beads in the National Numismatic Collection it is not possible to determine if this specific object was used as a medium of exchange, worn as jewelry, or produced as a replica.

Trade Beads, West Africa

National Museum of American History
Beads have served as a medium of exchange around the globe. Many different types of beads have been used in transactions on the continent of Africa including those made from glass, coral, shell, and stone. Aggrey beads are a type of bead that was used for jewelry as well as trade in West Africa, especially modern day Ghana and Nigeria. They are often blue in color and cylindrical in shape. Due to limited information about the origins of the beads in the National Numismatic Collection it is not possible to determine if this specific object was used as a medium of exchange, worn as jewelry, or produced as a replica.

Catching Africa's Deadliest Snake

Smithsonian Channel
Summer in Africa is the busiest time of the year for resident snake catchers. From: BLACK MAMBA: KISS OF DEATH http://bit.ly/1uZf3IT

Africa's New Fossil Frontier

Smithsonian Magazine

Ring money, West Africa

National Museum of American History
The phrase ring money refers to metal rings that may have been used in exchange or for jewelry in West Africa. These rings were made from various metals including silver, brass, and copper. Due to limited information about the origins of the ring money in the National Numismatic Collection it is not possible to determine if this specific object was used as a medium of exchange, worn as jewelry, or produced as a replica.

Ring money, West Africa

National Museum of American History
The phrase ring money refers to metal rings that may have been used in exchange or for jewelry in West Africa. These rings were made from various metals including silver, brass, and copper. Due to limited information about the origins of the ring money in the National Numismatic Collection it is not possible to determine if this specific object was used as a medium of exchange, worn as jewelry, or produced as a replica.

Ring money, West Africa

National Museum of American History
The phrase ring money refers to metal rings that may have been used in exchange or for jewelry in West Africa. These rings were made from various metals including silver, brass, and copper. Due to limited information about the origins of the ring money in the National Numismatic Collection it is not possible to determine if this specific object was used as a medium of exchange, worn as jewelry, or produced as a replica.

Ring money, West Africa

National Museum of American History
The phrase ring money refers to metal rings that may have been used in exchange or for jewelry in West Africa. These rings were made from various metals including silver, brass, and copper. Due to limited information about the origins of the ring money in the National Numismatic Collection it is not possible to determine if this specific object was used as a medium of exchange, worn as jewelry, or produced as a replica.

Ring money, West Africa

National Museum of American History
The phrase ring money refers to metal rings that may have been used in exchange or for jewelry in West Africa. These rings were made from various metals including silver, brass, and copper. Due to limited information about the origins of the ring money in the National Numismatic Collection it is not possible to determine if this specific object was used as a medium of exchange, worn as jewelry, or produced as a replica.

Ring money, West Africa

National Museum of American History
The phrase ring money refers to metal rings that may have been used in exchange or for jewelry in West Africa. These rings were made from various metals including silver, brass, and copper. Due to limited information about the origins of the ring money in the National Numismatic Collection it is not possible to determine if this specific object was used as a medium of exchange, worn as jewelry, or produced as a replica.

Amphibians of northwest Africa

Smithsonian Libraries

Greetings from South Africa!

National Museum of American History

Minaret, Tunis, North Africa

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Allegorical Figure of "Africa"

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
" Africa" standing male figure, black, wearing tunic with feather belt and collar, and feather headdress, and holding bow: attended by monkey, holding quiver with arrows; square pedestal.

Allegorical Figure of "Africa"

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
"Africa" female figure, black, with elephant-head coif, feather tunic and legings, holding sheaf of wheat; seated on crouching lion, facing left.

Visiting Scientists from Africa

Smithsonian Institution Archives
Also known as 69118.

Digital contact sheet available.

Visiting scientists Dr. Eni Njoku, vice-chancellor of the University of Biafra, and botanist Dr. Edward Ayensu of Ghana, examine African yam specimens at Museum of Natural History and meet with Wilton S. Dillon, Director of the Division of Seminars in the Office of Academic Programs and former head of the Africa Science Board of the National Academy of Sciences.

Great Kings of Africa

National Museum of American History

Africa Plush Dog Toy

National Museum of American History

South Africa Fly Qantas

National Air and Space Museum
SOUTH AFRICA FLY QANTAS. Color offset photolithographadvertising air travel to South Africa. A giraffe nibbles leaves from high in a tree.

Fly Now: The National Air and Space Museum Poster Collection

Throughout their history, posters have been a significant means of mass communication, often with striking visual effect. Wendy Wick Reaves, the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery Curator of Prints and Drawings, comments that "sometimes a pictorial poster is a decorative masterpiece-something I can't walk by without a jolt of aesthetic pleasure. Another might strike me as extremely clever advertising … But collectively, these 'pictures of persuasion,' as we might call them, offer a wealth of art, history, design, and popular culture for us to understand. The poster is a familiar part of our world, and we intuitively understand its role as propaganda, promotion, announcement, or advertisement."

Reaves' observations are especially relevant for the impressive array of aviation posters in the National Air and Space Museum's 1300+ artifact collection. Quite possibly the largest publicly-held collection of its kind in the United States, the National Air and Space Museum's posters focus primarily on advertising for aviation-related products and activities. Among other areas, the collection includes 19th-century ballooning exhibition posters, early 20th-century airplane exhibition and meet posters, and twentieth-century airline advertisements.

The posters in the collection represent printing technologies that include original lithography, silkscreen, photolithography, and computer-generated imagery. The collection is significant both for its aesthetic value and because it is a unique representation of the cultural, commercial and military history of aviation. The collection represents an intense interest in flight, both public and private, during a significant period of its technological and social development.

Allegorical Figure of "Africa"

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Standing black figure, wearing feather skirt and headdress, an elephant skin over right arm. Based on an 18th century model.

Africa's Legacy in Mexico

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
This richly illustrated website examines the complexities of the African diaspora and its legacy through firsthand accounts. Includes essays on the African Legacy in Mexico illustrated with photographs by Tony Gleaton. Older students will find links to broader explorations of Africa's profound global influence.
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