Medieval African sculpture comes to the U.S.

An exhibition on sculpture from the Nigerian kingdom of Ife is coming to the United States. The works date from the 4th through 15th centuries and are made of stone and metal.

The naturalistic sculture is so sophisticated that well into the 20th century it had been dismissed by the Western world as too advanced to be made by Africans. One German scholar believed the sculpture must have been made by the lost Greeks of Atlantis.

The exhibition will start in Houston, Texas and go on from there to Virginia, Indiana, and New York.