Raymond A. Silverman

Region of Interest


Primary Country of Residence

United States of America


Professor, History of Art and Afroamerican & African Studies; Director, Museum Studies Program


Michigan State University, East Lansing



Mailing Address

Department of the History of Art
519 S. State Street
Tappan Hall
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1357 USA

Phone/Fax Number(s)

phone: 734-615-9847
(messages): 734-764-5400
fax: 734-647-4121

Research Interests

Primary disciplinary foci are art history and ethnoarchaeology. I have
published on various subjects dealing with technology and material culture
history based on field research conducted in Ghana (1979-80), Cote
d'Ivoire (1987-88), and Ethiopia (1992-present).

Specific interests are concentrated on the interaction of Muslim and
non-Muslim peoples in West Africa, and the evolution of metalworking
technologies (and associated aesthetic systems) among the Akan of
Ghana/Cote d'Ivoire and in the Aksum region of Northern Ethiopia.


None on file.


art history; ethnoarchaeology; Ghana; Cote d'Ivoire; Ethiopia; Muslim; West Africa