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LACMA exhibition 'African Cosmos' illuminates art of astronomy
LACMA exhibition 'African Cosmos' illuminates art of astronomy

First, there was light. Then, a night sky filled with stars and a luminescent moon. Soon after? Art. Since ancient times, communities have used art to relay stories and make sense of the world around them — particularly when interpreting the heavens and giving form to perceived deities ruling the forces of nature. A new exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "African Cosmos: Stellar Arts," showcases 40 rare objects in gold, silver, bronze, stone, beads and wood that collectively illustrate the history of African cultural astronomy, from ancient Egypt to the present day. On view is a 4,000-year-old Egyptian Middle Kingdom star clock, carved onto a wooden...

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