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Final days to see ‘Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths’

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Photograph courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths” is on display at the Fowler Museum at UCLA until Dec. 30. The collection, which features more than 225 pieces, including blades and currencies in myriad shapes and sizes, wood sculptures studded with iron, musical instruments and elaborate body adornments, reveals the histories of invention and technical sophistication that led African blacksmiths to transform one of Earth’s most fundamental natural resources into objects of life-changing utility, empowerment, prestige, artistry and spiritual potency.

The exhibition, which will travel internationally after its debut at UCLA, features more than 225 works of art, including blades and currencies in myriad shapes and sizes, wood sculptures studded with iron, musical instruments and elaborate body adornments.

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