Golden Rhinoceros of Mapungubwe

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Golden Rhinoceros of Mapungubwe
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Golden Rhinoceros of Mapungubwe
Material Gold
Created Kingdom of Mapungubwe (1075–1220)
Discovered 1932
Kingdom of Mapungubwe (in Mapungubwe National Park, Limpopo, South Africa)
Present location Mapungubwe Collection, University of Pretoria Museums

The golden rhinoceros of Mapungubwe is an medieval artifact from the medieval Kingdom of Mapungubwe, which is located in modern-day South Africa. It was found on a royal grave on Mapungubwe Hill in 1932[1][2][3] by archaeologists from the University of Pretoria. The artifact is described as being "small enough to stand in the palm of your hand." [4][5]

It is currently on loan to the British Museum as part of their exhibition that celebrates the art of South Africa.

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  1. ^ Steyn, Maryna (1 December 2007). "The Mapungubwe Gold Graves Revisited". The South African Archaeological Bulletin. 62 (186): 140–146. JSTOR 20474969. 
  2. ^ Gardner, Guy A. (1937). Mapungubwe, Ancient Bantu Civilization on the Limpopo: Reports on excavations at Mapungubwe (Northern Transvaal) from February 1933 to June 1935, edited by Leo Fouché. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 
  3. ^ Duffey, Alex (2012). "Mapungubwe: Interpretation of the Gold Content of the Original Gold Burial M1, A620". 
  4. ^ Smith, David. "British Museum may seek loan of the golden rhinoceros of Mapungubwe". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  5. ^ York, Geoffrey. "The return of the Golden Rhino". The Globe and Mail. The Globe and Mail Inc. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 

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