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"A Glimpse into the Rich Tapestry of Africa: From Ancient Art to Modern Marvels" Step back in time with Al-Idrisi's world map from 1154

Background imageAfrican Collection: Al-Idrisis world map, 1154

Al-Idrisis world map, 1154
Al-Idrisis world map. This world map, known as the Tabula Rogeriana, dates from 1154, and is orientated with North at bottom

Background imageAfrican Collection: EGYPT: COPTIC ART: CHRIST and abbot Mena. Painting on wood, 7th century A. D

EGYPT: COPTIC ART: CHRIST and abbot Mena. Painting on wood, 7th century A. D
EGYPT: COPTIC ART: CHRIST and abbot Mena. Painting on wood, 7th century A.D

Background imageAfrican Collection: Continental drift after 250 million years

Continental drift after 250 million years, showing the supercontinent of Pangea Ultima, which was named for the ancient supercontinent of Pangea

Background imageAfrican Collection: Orteliuss map of Ottoman Empire, 1570

Orteliuss map of Ottoman Empire, 1570
Orteliuss map of the Ottoman Empire. This map is from the 1570 first edition of Theatrum orbis terrarum ( Theatre of the World )

Background imageAfrican Collection: Map of ancient Palestine kingdoms of Judah and Israel

Map of ancient Palestine kingdoms of Judah and Israel
Map of Phoenicia and Judea in the time of King Solomon, 10th century BC. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAfrican Collection: 19th Century Moroccan wall feature

19th Century Moroccan wall feature. Photographed in the the Marrakech Museum, Dar Menebhi Palace, Morocco

Background imageAfrican Collection: Map of Cape Colony, South Africa

Map of Cape Colony, South Africa
South Africa when a British colony, 1870s. Printed color lithograph of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAfrican Collection: British Empire world map, 19th century

British Empire world map, 19th century
British Empire world map. This world map shows the 19th-century British Empire (pink) and its indigenous peoples. Five illustrations (clockwise from upper left) show the people of Australia

Background imageAfrican Collection: Scott Joplin American pianist and composer

Scott Joplin American pianist and composer
American pianist and composer Scott Joplin ((1868 - 1917). Exponent of ragtime. Received a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in 1976. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageAfrican Collection: Map of Malawi

Map of Malawi

Background imageAfrican Collection: Laetoli fossil footprints

Laetoli fossil footprints. Artwork showing the Laetoli footprints that were preserved in volcanic ash deposits around 3.5 million years ago. They were discovered in 1976 in Laetoli, Tanzania

Background imageAfrican Collection: Oronce Fines world map, 1531

Oronce Fines world map, 1531
Oronce Fines world map. Map of the worlds northern and southern hemispheres by the French mathematician and cartographer Oronce Fine (1494-1555)

Background imageAfrican Collection: Mursi tribe

Mursi tribe
Africa, Ethiopia, Debub Omo Zone, woman of the Mursi tribe. A nomadic cattle herder ethnic group located in Southern Ethiopia, close to the Sudanese border. Two Mursi men with bodypaint

Background imageAfrican Collection: Africa. Tanzania. African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus), an endangered species, in Serengeti

Africa. Tanzania. African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus), an endangered species, in Serengeti
Africa. Tanzania. African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus), an endangered species, Serengeti National Park

Background imageAfrican Collection: Lycaon pictus is a large canid found only in Africa, especially in savannas

Lycaon pictus is a large canid found only in Africa, especially in savannas and other lightly wooded areas

Background imageAfrican Collection: General Map of British South Africa, 1900. Creator: Unknown

General Map of British South Africa, 1900. Creator: Unknown
General Map of British South Africa, 1900. From " South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. I", by Louis Creswicke. [T. C. & E. C. Jack, Edinburgh, 1900]

Background imageAfrican Collection: The Devil Presenting St Augustin with the Book of Vices, c1455-1498. Artist: Michael Pacher

The Devil Presenting St Augustin with the Book of Vices, c1455-1498. Artist: Michael Pacher
The Devil Presenting St Augustin with the Book of Vices, c1455-1498. One of the four great doctors of the early Christian Church

Background imageAfrican Collection: Zambezi River view with the spray from Victoria Falls in the distance. Livingstone. Zambia

Zambezi River view with the spray from Victoria Falls in the distance. Livingstone. Zambia

Background imageAfrican Collection: Adult male Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri) on all fours on grass

Adult male Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri) on all fours on grass

Background imageAfrican Collection: ERNEST HEMINGWAY (1899-1961). American writer. Hunting in Kenya, February 1934

ERNEST HEMINGWAY (1899-1961). American writer. Hunting in Kenya, February 1934

Background imageAfrican Collection: Barbary Pirates threatening US commander Stephen Decatur

Barbary Pirates threatening US commander Stephen Decatur
Commodore Stephen Decaturs life saved in a shipboard battle off Algeria. Color lithograph

Background imageAfrican Collection: Piercing Eyes

Piercing Eyes
A portrait of a Caracal also known as Rooikat. Captured in Etosha National Park while on a photographic safaroi with www.southcapeimages.com. Mario Moreno

Background imageAfrican Collection: Egypt, Cairo, Giza, View of all three Great Pyramids at sunset

Egypt, Cairo, Giza, View of all three Great Pyramids at sunset

Background imageAfrican Collection: AFRICA: MAP. Birds eye view of the Sudan and surrounding countries

AFRICA: MAP. Birds eye view of the Sudan and surrounding countries. English lithograph map, 1884, of north, central, and east Africa

Background imageAfrican Collection: MAP OF AFRICA from the 1595 edition of Abraham Ortelius atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

MAP OF AFRICA from the 1595 edition of Abraham Ortelius atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
MAP OF AFRICA from the 1595 edition of Abraham Ortelius atlas " Theatrum Orbis Terrarum."

Background imageAfrican Collection: Continental drift, 100 million years ago

Continental drift, 100 million years ago. Map of the Earth showing the continents some 100 million years after the start of the break-up of the ancient supercontinent of Pangea

Background imageAfrican Collection: BILLIE HOLIDAY (1915-1959). American jazz singer, holding an African sculpture

BILLIE HOLIDAY (1915-1959). American jazz singer, holding an African sculpture. Photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1949

Background imageAfrican Collection: EXPL2A-00139

EXPL2A-00139
Timbuktu in Africa, as drawn by Rene-Auguste Caillie, the first European visitor, 1828. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of Caillies illustration

Background imageAfrican Collection: Ghana: Wli Falls

Ghana: Wli Falls, a.k.a. Agumatsa Falls (Volta Region), March

Background imageAfrican Collection: Ceramics for sale, Souk, Medina, Marrakech (Marrakesh), Morocco, North Africa, Africa

Ceramics for sale, Souk, Medina, Marrakech (Marrakesh), Morocco, North Africa, Africa

Background imageAfrican Collection: Msai tribe people couple in costume traditional dress in jungles near hut near Kenya Africa

Msai tribe people couple in costume traditional dress in jungles near hut near Kenya Africa (MR)

Background imageAfrican Collection: MOUNT KILIMANJARO, 1884. Mount Kilimanjaro and its highest peak, Kibo, the highest point in Africa

MOUNT KILIMANJARO, 1884. Mount Kilimanjaro and its highest peak, Kibo, the highest point in Africa. Wood engraving, English, 1884

Background imageAfrican Collection: Frys, 1950s, UK

Frys, 1950s, UK
Fry s, 1950s, UK

Background imageAfrican Collection: Spinosaurus dinosaur

Spinosaurus dinosaur. Artwork of a Spinosaurus dinosaur standing in shallow water on the coast. This was the longest carnivorous dinosaur, reaching a length of up to 16 metres

Background imageAfrican Collection: Angora goat

Angora goat buck (Capra sp.) used for breeding. Photographed in Karoo, South Africa

Background imageAfrican Collection: Homeric cosmogony

Homeric cosmogony. Map of the Earth based on the myths and knowledge of the Ancient Greeks at the time of Homer (1st or 2nd millennium BC)

Background imageAfrican Collection: 17th Century nautical map of the Atlantic

17th Century nautical map of the Atlantic Ocean. Historical portolan chart showing the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent continents

Background imageAfrican Collection: SHAKA ZULU (c1787-1828). Portrait thought to be of Shaka, chief of Zulu clan in South Africa

SHAKA ZULU (c1787-1828). Portrait thought to be of Shaka, chief of Zulu clan in South Africa: lithograph, 19th century

Background imageAfrican Collection: Map of South Africa

Map of South Africa

Background imageAfrican Collection: Painted lady butterfly C016 / 2299

Painted lady butterfly C016 / 2299
Painted lady (Vanessa cardui) butterfly. This butterfly is found in Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia. Specimen obtained from the University of Valencia, Spain

Background imageAfrican Collection: Footprints and skeleton of Lucy

Footprints and skeleton of Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis). The fossilised bones of the A. afarensis specimen known as Lucy are superimposed over footprints made by the same species. A

Background imageAfrican Collection: The colourful town of Chefchaoeun, Morocco

The colourful town of Chefchaoeun, Morocco
Typical blue painted street with steps in Chefchauen, Morocco, North Africa

Background imageAfrican Collection: Flag of Togo

Flag of Togo

Background imageAfrican Collection: Meerkat (Suricata suricatta) adult pair, hugging (captive)

Meerkat (Suricata suricatta) adult pair, hugging (captive)

Background imageAfrican Collection: Lanterns for sale in the Souk, Marrakech (Marrakesh), Morocco, North Africa, Africa

Lanterns for sale in the Souk, Marrakech (Marrakesh), Morocco, North Africa, Africa

Background imageAfrican Collection: Domestic Goat, flock, browsing in Argan (Argania spinosa) tree, near Essaouira, Morocco, february

Domestic Goat, flock, browsing in Argan (Argania spinosa) tree, near Essaouira, Morocco, february

Background imageAfrican Collection: Kingfisher in flight

Kingfisher in flight
Common kingfisher. High-speed photograph of a common kingfisher, Alcedo atthis, flying towards its nest with a fish in its bill

Background imageAfrican Collection: Sahelanthropus tchadensis skull

Sahelanthropus tchadensis skull. Artwork of a reconstruction of the Toumai skull, one of only a small number of fossils of the hominin Sahelanthropus tchadensis



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"A Glimpse into the Rich Tapestry of Africa: From Ancient Art to Modern Marvels" Step back in time with Al-Idrisi's world map from 1154, where Africa takes center stage as a land of mystery and wonder. Explore Egypt's Coptic art, marveling at the intricate painting on wood depicting Christ and Abbot Mena, dating back to the 7th century A. D. Witness the incredible power of continental drift over 250 million years, shaping Africa's diverse landscapes and creating its breathtaking natural wonders. Journey through history with the British Empire world map from the 19th century, showcasing Africa's pivotal role in global affairs. Delve into ancient Palestine as you study a map detailing the kingdoms of Judah and Israel. Admire a stunning Moroccan wall feature from the 19th century that reflects Africa's rich cultural heritage. Discover Ottoman influence through Orteliuss' map from 1570, highlighting their vast empire that stretched across continents. Immerse yourself in African-American culture by celebrating Scott Joplin, an iconic pianist and composer who revolutionized music during his time. Encounter Lycaon pictus, a majestic canid found exclusively in African savannas and lightly wooded areas - a symbol of resilience amidst changing landscapes. Unearth Laetoli fossil footprints that provide evidence of our human ancestors walking on African soil millions of years ago. Finally, explore Oronce Fines' world map from 1531 which showcases Africa as an integral part of global exploration during this era. And lastly but not leastly delve into South Africa’s history with Cape Colony being depicted on an intriguing historical map. Africa is more than just a continent; it is an extraordinary tapestry woven together by centuries-old cultures, geological transformations, artistic masterpieces, musical legacies, and remarkable biodiversity. Let us celebrate this vibrant land that continues to captivate our hearts and minds.